Royal Treatment bonanza fundraiser benefits Medical Eye Bank of Maryland

September 30, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION |
  • Christine "Blondy" Smith, left, owner of Blondy & Company, helps Joyce Debra Schiro try on a scarf during the Royal Treatment jewelry and indulgence bonanza Sunday afternoon at the Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co. The event was a fundraiser for the Hagerstown Lioness Club.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT, Md. — More than 250 tickets were sold for a fundraiser Sunday afternoon that will allow the Hagerstown Lioness Club to give scholarships to local high school students, help fund local food banks and support a Maryland eye bank.

Guests buying a $30 ticket to the second annual Royal Treatment jewelry and indulgence bonanza at the Williamsport Volunteer Fire Co. received lunch, an alcoholic beverage and a chance to win 30 prizes, including a grand prize of $1,000 cash, said Lou Ann Forrest, fundraising chairperson for the Hagerstown Lioness Club.

Guests were also able to buy $1 raffle tickets for prizes, Forrest said.

Forrest said Royal Treatment was her idea, and she wanted to have a fundraiser that raised a lot of money quickly for the community’s needs. She said 265 tickets were sold.

“I think we got a room full,” Forrest said.

Last year, the first year of the event, the Hagerstown Lioness Club raised $4,600.

When the counting was completed Sunday, it was estimated the event raised between $5,200 and $5,400, Forrest said.

The gift of sight is a driving force for the Hagerstown Lioness Club and part of the money from Sunday’s event will help fund the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland in Baltimore, Forrest said. The bank, which retrieves and stores eyes for cornea transplants and research, often is in need of funds, she said.

Forrest said the high school scholarships are $1,000 per student. College-bound students in Washington County apply for the scholarships through their schools. A committee of Hagerstown Lioness Club members looks at applicants and awards money to students who are most in need, she said.

The organization gave three scholarships last year and hopes to give five this year, Forrest said.

For the jewelry prizes, the Hagerstown Lioness Club was able to purchase jewelry at a discount from Zales,  Forrest said. She works for the Zales store in the Chambersburg (Pa.) Mall and was able to facilitate the discount.

Jewelry also was donated from Creek’s Jewelry and Designs in Hagerstown, Ultra Diamonds at Hagerstown Premium Outlets and Zales, Forrest said.

Other prizes included a spa packages, a Planet Fitness package and a romantic one-night stay at Stoney Creek Farm in Boonsboro, Forrest said.

Debbie Tabler of Martinsburg, W.Va., and her daughter-in-law, Tiffany Tabler, sat at a table, happy with their success at the bonanza.

Tiffany Tabler said she won a $1,000 necklace from Zales through a $1 raffle ticket. The pair said they bought about $40 worth of raffle tickets before Tiffany won the necklace.

“Forty dollars for  $1,000 is a good deal,” Debbie Tabler said.

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