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Fundraiser to help Pa. adoption group

August 07, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — Doug and Rhonda Shatzer know firsthand how much time, money and emotional investment is involved with adoption.

The Shatzers, of Greencastle, adopted their two daughters from China. Through an organization they are helping to form, they hope to assist others with funds and information to make the process eaasier.

“Everyone tells us how blessed the girls are to have us, but in reality we’re the ones blessed to have them in our lives,” Rhonda Shatzer said.

Doug Shatzer, Randall Sellers and Keith McCleaf are working to start an organization they call Bring the Children Home.

Bring the Children Home, which is undergoing registration with the Internal Revenue Service, plans to debut its mission and raise seed money at an event Friday. The highlight of that event will be a 6:30 p.m. concert and album release by alternative rock band Skyhawk Drive.

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The event will be at Green Grove Gardens on Pa. 16 between Greencastle and Shady Grove, Pa.

Concert-goers can watch Old Home Week fireworks from the property at the performance’s conclusion.

“We’re kind of riding the coattails of Old Home Week,” Sellers said of the scheduling.

Tickets for the concert cost $10 and can be purchased at the door starting at 6 p.m. Visiting the food and craft vendors outside is free from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“This is really the Bring the Children Home kickoff event,” Sellers said.

Bring the Children Home’s founders said the organization will not be able to fully fund the tens of thousands of dollars for an adoption. It will be able to help with aspects like travel money.

The Shatzers started the process to adopt their second child in November 2005 and did not bring Rebecca home until last October.

“The wait is probably the hardest,” Doug Shatzer said.

The Shatzers said adoption is wonderful, but it takes time, patience and money. They said they met close friends through the process.

“It’s amazing how God works and makes connections in your life,” Rhonda Shatzer said.

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