Garvey Senior Center Council raises $8,148 during raffle

Leonardtown, MD - For the entire month of April through the first of August, the Garvey Senior Activity Center Council organized a raffle in order to raise funds for programs and activities at the Garvey Center.

The raffle was for Snow Geese Landing, a photograph on canvas, that was taken and donated by National Geographic photographer Dean Newman. Newman, a St. Mary’s County resident, valued the photo at $250. The photograph ended up raising $8,148. The council attributes the amount raised to fellow member Gail Murdock, stating, “The majority of the credit for the amount of funds raised for this event goes to our council member, Gail Murdock. He dedicates several hours  week sitting outside local businesses selling raffle tickets.” Newman allowed the Garvey Center Council’s president and vice president to select a photo in February of this year.

Unaffiliated county commissioner candidate Clarke Guy won the raffle. Guy is running for county commissioner in St. Mary’s District 3. According to council Vice President Forrest, the council was unaware that Guy was a candidate for commissioner. She stated, “We did not know he was a candidate for county commissioner until after the drawing and someone asked if he was the one running for office.” After winning the raffle, Guy announced that he would be donating the photo back to the Garvey Center. Guy, Newman, and members from the Garvey Center Council met outside the center Thursday, Aug. 16, to take photos and present the Snow Geese Landing photograph. According to Forrest, the photo will “hang in the reception area of the current Garvey Center until the new building is finished.”

The new Garvey Center will be combined with the library and located off Leonard’s Grant Parkway in Leonardtown. The cost of the new building is around $21.5 million and it is expected to be finished sometime in November of 2019. Once the new building is finished the photograph will be moved into the Arts and Crafts hallway with a plaque engraved, “Photo by Dean Newman, donated by Clarke Guy.”

The Garvey Council is always recruiting for members who will, “share their ideas, skills, and talents.” You must be 50 years or older and are encouraged to reach out to Council President, Dale Taylor at 301-481-2300, or the Vice President, Margaret Forrest at 301-481-5850. The council’s last fundraiser for the year will be a Vendor Craft Fair Dec. 1 at the Leonard Hall Recreation Center.

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