Harvest Fling Benefits Student Scholarships

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2009

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD-The Tri-County Alumni Chapter of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is holding its 10th annual scholarship event, The Harvest Fling, on Friday, October 30, at 7 p.m. in the Richard A. Henson Center Ballroom.  The event features a dinner, dancing to music by The Exquisite Band of Washington, D.C. and a silent auction.

    The event benefits scholarships for undergraduate students enrolled at UMES from Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. "This year the Harvest Fling theme reflects the Tri-County Chapter's concern that students at the university don't fall behind in their studies while worrying about finances," said Bettie Wolfe Collins, chapter president.

    The chapter hopes to raise $5,000 for students in an effort to match Tom Joyner scholarship funds, as a result of UMES being designated the Tom Joyner School of the Month for August. "Giving back to the alma mater benefits both the giver and the receiver. It sets a pattern for those receiving, so that when they are alumni they might become givers, and remember the help they received," said Collins. Last year the chapter awarded four $1,000 scholarships.

    According to Walter Woods, assistant director of Alumni Affairs and a UMES alumnus of the class of 1991, the event is well attended. "People look [forward to the] event because it's a pinnacle of fall activities at UMES outside of Founders' Week," said Woods.

    The Harvest Fling is open to alumni in the area as well as the general public. Tickets are $35 per person and are available by calling Bettie Wolfe Collins at 410-742-8073 or Jessie Cottman-Smith at 410- 957-3320.  

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    Bruce Moore, intern, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-6669.