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Organizer of Holly Place fundraiser hopes to raise $1,500

July 28, 2013|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • Daniel Martin listens to the sounds of Moondog Medicine Show singer Lana Spence Sunday at a fundraiser for Holly Place. The event was held at ThunderRoad Bar & Grille.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

Dozens of folks turned out Sunday afternoon to listen to good music and help a good cause as ThunderRoad Bar & Grille hosted a fundraiser for Holly Place, a nonprofit assisted-living center in Hagerstown.

“This small, nonprofit facility in Hagerstown gives some of the best care I’ve seen in the many places I’ve been,” said Linda Smith, an independent pharmacy consultant who works with Holly Place and other establishments around the state.

Smith organized the fundraiser, which was raising money through a silent auction and proceeds from a $25 admission to ThunderRoad’s deck, where people received a meal and could listen to blues and rock performed by Moondog Medicine Show.

“She’s remarkable,” Holly Place Executive Director Melanie Davis said of Smith. “It took a lot of time and effort on her part to do this.”

It’s fundraising efforts such as Smith’s and others’ that help keep Holly Place operating, Davis said. Holly Place serves low-income seniors and relies heavily on donations, she said.

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The 268 S. Potomac St. facility in Hagerstown was expected to be at its full capacity, 15 residents, with a new resident moving in, Davis said.

Smith said she was hoping to raise about $1,500 Sunday.

Chris Lopez, 47, of the Annapolis area, said she went to ThunderRoad on Sunday with friends to see the band and help a good cause.

Lisa Perez and her boyfriend, Mike Lushbaugh, both of Martinsburg, W.Va., also came to hear the band and help out, she said.

Perez said she didn’t know anything about Holly Place until she was attending a Wind Down Friday event in downtown Hagerstown and Smith handed out fliers about the fundraiser.

She and Lushbaugh also wanted to support the band, as Lushbaugh is a member of the oldies band The Cruisers, and local bands support each other, she said.

The two were engrossed watching Moondog Medicine Show, which featured vocalist Lana Spence, drummer Kenny Jackson and bass player Keith Sylvester.

Guitarist Joel Newman worked his way down to the deck floor, sitting on the deck with his legs stretched out as he played a solo during one song.

The band contributed T-shirts and a CD to the silent auction, which also includes gift certificates to Nick’s Airport Inn and The Gourmet Goat restaurants.

Other items included a one-hour massage by certified massage therapist Susan Martz of Maugansville, and a large, colorful concrete leaf sculpture by Hagerstown artist Adair Eves, who holds an annual dance and silent auction fundraiser for Holly Place, Smith said.

Other Holly Place fundraisers coming up include an Aug. 18 motorcycle ride organized by Holly Place and Leathernecks Nation, a bike club with military members, Davis said. Registration for the ride is at the Williamsport Moose Lodge from noon to 1 p.m., according to a flier.

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