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Sweet winnings benefit CASA

July 17, 2011|By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Ann Lashley participates in a Chinese basket auction Sunday at Elks Lodge 378 on Robinwood Drive in Hagerstown during Henny Penny Day, a fundraiser for CASA of Hagerstown.
By Chris Tilley/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Some of the guests eagerly anticipated a spin of a “sweet wheel” in hopes of winning a fresh-baked treat.

Others tried their luck at winning a “Chinese basket,” where winners could win packages that had themes like chocolate and coffee.

It was all in support of Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused (CASA) of Hagerstown, a shelter that protects victims of domestic abuse.

Dozens of guests came together Sunday afternoon at Elks Lodge 378 on Robinwood Drive for Henny Penny Day to raise money for the shelter.

The name Henny Penny is in reference to the deep fryer at the Elks Club, which is known for its fried chicken, said Diane Davis, chairperson of the event, which was sponsored by Ladies of the Elks and Associates.

Guests at the fundraiser ate chicken, baked beans, hot dogs and macaroni salad, then sat back for some fun and games.

All proceeds went to CASA, although Davis said Sunday she was not sure how much was raised.

At the sweet wheel, players put down a quarter on a position on a table. Then a wheel was spun to determine who had the winning position.

To try for a win of a Chinese basket, players put tickets they purchased in front of baskets they liked. Then organizers pulled a ticket to determine a winner.

There also were door prizes, children’s games and magic from Michael T.

The director of CASA was grateful for the help.

Considering the demands for the organization’s services at a time when budgets are tight, the help is appreciated, Vicki Sadehvandi said.

“We have 40 beds and six cribs, and we’re full. This is how we are able to provide services,” Sadehvandi said Sunday.

Robert and Audrey Smith of Hagerstown always come out to support local Elks club events, Audrey Smith said.

“Everything’s for a good cause,” she said.

“This was really, really nice,” said Williamsport resident Beverly Spigler, who also attended.

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