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For the Greatest Ride along the C&O Canal go to our new event site at

Registration is now open for The Great Bicycle Tour of the C&O Canal, July 13-16, 2013. The registration is just $35 until July 1, when it will be $55.

TGBT is an annual event conducted as a fundraiser for at-risk children served by San Mar Children's Home. Participants raise a minimum of $450 in pledges to join the fully supported ride. For those exceeding the minimum, there are several incentive levels, including a chance to win a week’s stay at a Deep Creek Chalet. The 2013 ride will be San Mar’s 26th.

Learn more details about the ride at our new event web site When your register online you can have a j-peg or gif photo file to upload. Other new items - set your goal and watch your goal thermometer grow as donations are made add a few sentences about why you ride in TGBT.


San Mar Receives Fine Arts Grant San Mar Receives Fine Art Grant

Bruce T. Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, explains how San Mar Children's Home will use a $2,000 grant from the Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund. Experiencing the fine arts is a valuable way for children who have been abused and neglected to begin the healing process, Anderson said. At the right is Kristy Smith, Programs and Communications Manager for the Community Foundation of Washington Counrty, which administers the fund.






St. John’s Episcopal Church Make Big Impression

St. John's Episcopal

The Rev Dr. Ann Boyd (left), rector of St. John's Episcopal Church and parishioner Deanna Soulis made a big impression with San Mar CEO Bruce T. Anderson. They presented a $5,900 donation to San Mar Children's Home in August. The check represented half of the congregation’s proceeds from its annual May Fest. Mrs. Florence Graff, a member of the church and an emeritus member of the San Mar Children's Home Board of Managers, was the May Fest honorary chairman.

Allegany Girls’ Home Joins the San Mar Continuum of Care

Responding to a need for a safe place for teen girls requiring out of home care, the Allegany Girls’ Home was founded in 1975 by residents of the Cumberland community and workers from the local Department of Juvenile Services. The Home was subsequently licensed by the Department of Juvenile Services for 9 girls in a property to which they held ownership. Soon after its founding the YMCA in Cumberland stepped forward to serve as the parent organization offering support to the new program.

Over the years as the needs of the youth have changed and the resources for serving them have continued to disappear, the board of the Y made the difficult determination that their role in the operation of the program was no longer an effective use of their limited resources. Instead of closing the program, the Y extended San Mar the opportunity to build on what they had established. Efforts were then pursued to increase the services to the level of a therapeutic group home. The home is now licensed by the Mental Hygiene Administration for eight girls and is continuing the tradition of caring in the Cumberland community.

The program shall remain under the day to day guidance of Jennifer Younker, who has served as a role model and program director since 2008. Jennifer is a licensed - certified clinical social worker and a certified residential child care program administrator.

The girls in the program shall continue their memberships at the Y as an avenue for meeting their physical fitness needs. In that role the Y shall continue in their tradition of ministering to the girls in care in the program and in the community.

The Great Bicycle Tour of the C&O Canal

2011 Sponsors

Event sponsors to date include:

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention &
Visitors Bureau

Cumberland Valley
Cycling Club

RBC Wealth Management

The Columbia Bank

Susquehanna Bank

Antietam Cable

Hagerstown Ford

DOT Foods, Inc.

Packaging Services of Maryland

Hamilton Nissan

More than 100 bicycle riders took on a four-day adventure on the C&O Canal from July 9-12. They were participants in The Great Bicycle Tour of the C&O Canal (TGBT), an annual fundraiser for San Mar Children's Home.

The ride takes in the entire length of the C&O Canal--beginning in Cumberland, MD and ending 186 miles later in Georgetown, District of Columbia.  Overnight stops are in Little Orleans, Williamsport, and Frederick.

The event benefits the San Mar Children’s Home in Boonsboro, Maryland.  San Mar operates four group home programs for at-risk adolescent girls, ages 13 to 18, and a Treatment Foster Care program for girls and boys, from birth to age 18.  
Money raised by TGBT participants helps provide capital and program needs. Agency vans and automobiles used to transport girls to appointments and for field trips have been bought with proceeds from past rides.  TGBT funds have helped us purchase annual subscriptions to PLATO, a web-based interactive learning system.  PLATO is a tremendous help in helping at-risk girls, who are often a year or more behind in schooling, to catch up with their grade level.  

Also benefitting has been the Expressive Arts Therapy and Life Skills Education programs. Funds have also been directed to the Summer Adventure Program, an opportunity for girls and boys to try new and challenging activities.



Lowes Heroes Build, Install Exercise Stations

The at-risk adolescent girls at San Mar Children's have an exciting addition to the Agnita Stine Schreiber Fitness Trail thanks to the hard work of team from the Lowe’s Flatbed Distribution Center in Hagerstown. 

Led by Lowe’s employees  Anthony Bomysoad and Barbara Mowbray, a group collectively known as Lowe’s Hereos  planned and built four exercise stations at their distribution facility and them assembled and installed them along the Children Home’s fitness trail.  

The stations are structures for a variety of exercises to improve upper and lower body strength and improve balance and cardio-vascular fitness.   To purchase similar stations and have them installed would have costs up to $5,000, an expense out of reach in challenging economic times, said Daniel Day, San Mar Director of Development.  To have the Lowes Heroes step forward and take on this project is an outstanding and appreciated gesture.

“I believe that all of us that were able to attend were truly touched and very impressed with what their facility had to offer to the youth in our community,” Bomysoad said.

It took a lot of planning and we were able to fabricate and assemble four workout stations to provide a constructive environment for the children, he explained.

Lowe’s Heroes us a volunteer program in which employees adopt a project with a local non-profit organization to help improve the communities where we work and live. 

“Lowe’s embraces teamwork as a core value and a key ingredient in maintaining an engaged workforce,” Bomysoad explained to a crowd of over 350 at San Mar’s annual fall Bull Roast. “ We believe that by working together we can build something better – for our community, our customers and our communities.  Touching lives one community at a time – that’s been the mission of Lowe’s Heros since he volunteer program began in our stores more than 10 years ago.  The program encourages employees in a location to team together, adopt a volunteer project with a local nonprofit organization or K-12 public schools, and make a difference.”


Lowes Volunteers

In addition to Bomysoad and Mowbray, the Lowes Heroes working on the project included: Jim and Pennie Guske and Jamie, Aaron Parrott, Bill Lorshbaugh, Jeff and Darla Shumaker, Randy Horst, Brian Lapole, Kevin Bowers, Staci Hux, John Hutcherson, John Miller, Rick Clingerman, and Joe Segura and Genessee Burroughs.

Kate Spade Employees Share Christmas Blessings!

Employees of Kate Spade, a specialty store in the Premium Outlets, Hagerstown, decided to share their Christmas blessing with the at-risk children served by San Mar Children's Home.  Instead of buying gifts for one another, Kate Spade employees
Made a donation to San Mar.

Kate Spade Employees Share Christmas Blessings

Employees at the Kate Spade Outlet are Back Row, From Left: Kimberly Durkin, supervisor, Brenda Sterling, store manager and Lisa Proctor, assistant manager.  Middle Row, From Left: Faye Miller, PT associate, Jamie Lookabaugh, PT associate and Susan Hartz, seasonal associate. Front Row, From Left: Rebecca Zaier, PT associate and Beth Cruz, supervisor.

Kate Spade has 36 shops across the United States and specializes in playful and sophisticated handbags, clothing, jewelry, shoes, stationery, glasses, baby and home.pagebreak

Community stars come out for San Mar; Two presented with Visionary Awards

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A Who’s Who cast of community leaders stepped on stage to provide an evening of entertainment for the Showcase of the Stars, a benefit for San Mar Children's Home.
Dr. Steve Kotch and Dr. Dan Sullivan performed Sonny and Cher’s I’ve Got You Babe. Tom Newcomer, Brien Poffenberger, Art Callaham, and Tim Henry were all in-sync and especially agile for their performance of Soul Man.

Businesswomen, clergy, law enforcement, educators and attorneys gave it their best. 
Also highlighting he March 13 event at Hager Hall with 350 attending was the presentation of two San Mar Visionary Awards.

San Mar Visionaries
Recipients Florence Hill Graft and Frank Erck, III were cited for their leadership and support of San Mar. Mrs. Graff, a former board member, has been associated with San Mar for more than 50 years and is now one of three emerituts members. She remains active with San Mar, attending the quarterly education ceremonies which acknowledges the work the girls are doing in and by sharing a lunch with girls from the shelter every few weeks.

Frank has been a great influence on San Mar and the community for many years. He was a driving force in the success of the capital campaigns for the Jack Barr Therapeutic Group Home and the Dr. Henry and Florence Hill Graff Shelter.  Today he not only is the inspiration behind the Showcase of the Stars and San Mar’s Bull Roast, is the president of the Hagerstown Community Concert Association, serves on the board of The Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and the Hagerstown Community College Hawk Booster Club, and organizes the YMCA’s True Grit Awards.

The evening was also an occasion for the Board of Managers to recognize Bruce T. Anderson for 25 years of service to San Mar Children's Home.

Best Act & Valley Mall Winner
A group of businesswomen were voted the best act by the audience.  Performing to She works Hard for the Money, were Linda Altizer, Dr. Rebecca Bye, Judy Greenwald, Cynthia Moler, Donna Newcomer, and Cynthia Perini.

Each vote gave the balloter a chance to win a $250 gift card provided by the Valley Mall.  That prize was won by a very excited Mary Flippen.

The American Honky Tonk Bar Association was the choice of attorneys Kendall Desaulniers, Adam Greivell and Paul Sullivan.

Washington County Sherriff Doug Mullendore rounded up a posse consisting of James Brown, Corporal Jim Holsinger and Major Bob Leatherman. The lawmen performed Jailhouse Rock.

Another crowd pleaser was a group of educators led by Washington County School Superintendent Dr. Betty Morgan.  The nation’s superintendent of the year was joined by Jim Burkhart, Donna Hanlin, Clyde Harrell, Rob Hovermale, Paula Moore, and Dave Reeder in a Teach Your Children Well medley.

Lifting everyone’s sprit in their performance to Spirit in the Sky were Dr. Rev. Renee Mackey, Rev. Sharon Peters, Rev. Klye Powderly and Rev. Mark Sandell.

Kelly Wright Performs
The evening concluded with a stirring performance of show tunes by Kelly Wright, a professional singer who is internationally recognized as a news anchor for Fox News Channel.

Included in the fun was a silent auction, thanks to the generosity of several area individuals and businesses.

Clarion Hotel owner Lata Milner donated accommodations for two in one of the hotel’s fabulous themed suites. Beaver Creek Country Club donated a round of golf with cart.  Five certificates from were donated by Judy and Daniel Greenwald.  Cynthia Moler gave a large framed oil painting and a decorative wood chest.  South Point Fitness Club offered a three-month membership, two personal training sessions and a water bottle.  Wine was donated by Halfway Liquors and Castle Liquors.  Cheese gift certificates came from Palmyra Farms.  A gift certificate, shampoo and conditioner was donated by Frayedberry Hair Studio, Karen Krensky donated a trio of books, an evening’s bowling came from Southside Bowl and the Green Turtle Sports Bar and Grille and El Paso Restaurant provided gift certificates.

Organizing Committee
The event was organized by San Mar’s Development and PR Committee.  Members are Frank Erck, chairman, Linda Altizer, Judy Greenwald, Mary Heizer, Cassandra Latimer, Cynthia Moler, Susan Peterson, Diane Sanford and Mary Talton.
Helping to make the evening a great success were these supporters:

Ruby Sponsors
The Columbia Bank –
Hagerstown Trust Division

The Hershey-Fitzsimmons Group
& Marshfield Associates

Sapphire Sponsor
Human Services Company

Emerald Sponsor
James Peterson Associates

Pearl Sponsors
John and Mary Heizer
Keller Stonebraker Insurance
Smith Elliott Kearns & Company


Value Books Make Great Gifts

Great deals for good eating, entertainment, recreation and business services can be found in The Hagerstown Rotary’s 2010 Value Book.  You will find over $500 in value in this year’s edition.

The coupon books sell for just $20 and San Mar Children's Home receives $10 for each book it sells, and $10 goes to Rotary for area charities.

Get one for yourself and several for special presents for friends and relatives.

The books are available in the San Mar’s Development Office, 301-733-9067.

Allegany Business Consulting, Inc.
Always Ron’s
Beaver Creek Golf Course
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s
Bentley’s Bagels
Black Eyed Susan’s Restaurant
Bulls & Bears Restaurant
Café Italia
Caledonia Golf Club
Claude M. Poffenfield Pool
Dimensions Dining
Discovery Station
Domino’s Pizza
Durango Restaurant
Family Recreation Park
Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen
Grease Monkey
Greencastle Coffee Roasters
Greencastle Greens Golf Club
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Hager House Museum
Hagerstown Community College
Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton run
Hagerstown Ice & Sport Complex
Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex
Hagerstown Rotary Golf tournament
Hagerstown Suns
Hagerstown YMCA
Hempen Hill BBQ
HPG Windows and Doors
Law Offices of Charles R. Stewart, LLC
Ledo Pizza
Moe’s southwestern Grill
Peaceable Pastures
Peaceable Paws
Pollo Carry Out
Red Run Grill
River Riders
Rocky’s New York Pizza
Rocky’s Pizza
Rolling Mill
Schulas Grill & Crab House
Silhouette Salon
The Gourmet Goat
The Greene Turtle
The Maryland Symphony
Blackrock Golf Course
Turner’s Bowling
Vince’s New York Pizza
Virginia Barbecue
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Washington County Playhouse
Waynesboro Municipal Golf
Weaver’s Restaurant and Bakery
What A Tan
Woodbrier Golf Course
Yingling’s Golf Center
Zodiac Bar & Grill


Hundreds attend San Mar Bull Roast


The impressive sight of more than 3,100 luminaries lighting the evening sky, combined with great food and pleasant fall weather combined to give nearly hundreds of participants an October evening to remember.

Nearly 400 people attended San Mar’s Bull October 22 Roast and Open House.  Back on San Mar’s special events schedule after an absence of several years, the event combined the best of fall festivals with the opportunity to tour San Mar’s group homes on its campus near Boonsboro.

Sponsors and underwriters for the event included the Cumberland Valley Cycling Club, M&T Bank, Cynthia Moler/Coldwell Banker, Citi, The Columbia Bank—Hagerstown Trust Division, Best Buy, Keller Stonebraker, Florence H. Graff and the Covenant Seekers.

Adding to the excitement and enjoyment of the evening was the venerable media personality Lou Scally as the emcee.    

The event included guided tours of The Jack E. Barr Therapeutic Group Home, The Dr. Henry & Florence Hill Graff Shelter, The Anna K. Findlay Large Group Home and Treatment Foster Care Program, The Edward and Pauline Anderson Transitional Living Home, and the Administration Building, which houses historical photos and artifacts from San Mar’s 126-year history.

Volunteers helping with the luminaries on the 22nd included Susan, Peterson and children Courtney,  Jamie, Kayla, and Leah, Emma Moss, Rachel Herrera, Lauren Bowyer, Lindsey Gish, Andrew Moynihan, Ryan Doyle, Diane Sanford, Kendra Byard, Mary Heizer, Debbie Moser, Sue Goller, Tina Snook and Sandy Reeder.

The luminary project started with some 20 First Data employees working to prepare the bags in early October as part of their United Way at Work Day.  Those volunteers included Charles Horst, Eric Shropshire, Christina Rook, Laura Miller, Sherri Fritts, Kristen Lewis, Laura Zegar, Casey Hickman, Becky Hickman, Mike Blair, Brad Roach, Roxanne Coffman, Murray Wibberley, Dina Baker, Heather Hastings and Tiffany Shindledecker.

San Mar’s four group home programs serve at-risk adolescent girls, ages 13 to 18. Its Treatment Foster Care program serves girls and boys, from birth to age 18.

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