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Friday, August 10, 2012

Hagerstown Magazine’s HotBash Heats Up Leitersburg Cinemas

On Friday, Sept. 7 from 6–9 p.m., Hagerstown Magazine rolls out the red carpet at Leitersburg Cinemas for the hottest night of the year! Benefiting the Community Free Clinic of Washington County, the 2012 HotBash celebrates this year’s HotList winners and People to Watch in style. The event is open to the public, and guests are encouraged to don beach cocktail attire while joining staff and local HotList stars for this beach party-themed evening of fun. Walk the red carpet, listen to live blues music by The Backroads Band, and enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while rubbing elbows with the HOTTEST people and businesses in Washington County. Stay for complimentary popcorn and a free beach-themed retro movie after the event. 

There will be a short but entertaining program honoring this year’s 80+ HotList winners, with special awards to recognize those who have shown outstanding merit within their category. Special appearances by this year’s People to Watch include Adam and Robin Roberson of the Community Free Clinic; Mary Teal Mulligan, Miss Washington County 2012; John Latimer IV of Keller Stonebraker Insurance; and Laura Wallace of WORX Graphic Design.

Leitersburg Cinemas and Hagerstown Honda are sponsoring the event, and sponsorships are still available. Anyone interested in sponsorship should contact Account Executive Tricia Johnson at 240-313-3940, ext. 141. Event tickets may be purchased online. Single tickets cost $35 each and are $31.50 per person for groups of four or more. To purchase tickets for this signature event, visit “Like” Hagerstown Magazine’s Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for HotBash updates and exciting giveaways leading up to the event. Please feel free to share this press release via email and social media.

About the Hagerstown Magazine HotList
With more than 25,000 reader-submitted votes, the 2012 HotList ranks Hagerstown’s hottest dining and entertainment spots, specialty stores, service providers and much more. Through mail-in and online submissions, votes are tallied by HM editors, and local favorites receive top honors in more than 100 categories.
About our 2012 People to Watch
Passion, perseverance and progress describe our annual People to Watch, who not only set the bar high for themselves but motivate others as well. From a Downtown designer destined to redesign the entire town, to a dynamic husband-wife duo strengthening the community’s safety net via the Community Free Clinic of Washington County, this year’s winners excel in their personal and professional endeavors, with the promise of great things to come.

Hagerstown Magazine
Contact: Krista Scarlett, Assistant Editor
Phone: 240-313-3940, ext. 134

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

"The Boarder" Movie Coming to Leitersburg Cinemas


Hagerstown, MD July 23, 2012 - Today, award winning author/screenwriter Jane E. Ryan announced her excitement to have the opportunity to bring her movie THE BOARDER to Hagerstown, MD before it hits theatres nationwide.  This is first major motion picture premiere Washington County, MD has ever offered to the public.

There will be 1 showtime of THE BOARDER at Leitersburg Cinemas in Hagerstown, MD on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 2:00 PM.  The screenings will be followed by a Q/A session with Writer/Executive Producer Jane Elizabeth Ryan, Director Jolene Adams, actor Andy Scott Harris (Carl), along with Dan & Tina Hall.

To order tickets, go to:
2 PM Showtime - click here

Hollywood's young extraordinary star, Andy Scott Harris, plays Carl and appears with Leslie Stevens, Carlton Wilborn and Dee Wallace as Elizabeth. THE BOARDER, an independent, feature film, is the first movie that approaches issues experienced by ever increasing numbers of transplanted, foster or adopted children from a different and fresh perspective. Inspired by true-life events THE BOARDER is the sobering story of the Williams family and the process of learning to cope with an adopted child with a history of early trauma who all-too-soon demonstrates unique and frightening behaviors within the family.   

An adoptive mother, Jane Ryan is the author of Broken Spirits Lost Souls, a non-fiction book which offers a clear view of the effects of bonding interruptions due to neglect and/or abuse. Thanks to the success of her first book, Ryan wrote the award-winning screenplay entitled “The Boarder”, and then a novel of the same name, which demonstrates the long-term effects of trauma in early life in a most vivid, personal way - as seen from within the arms of a family desperate to understand and help their disturbed son.

Maryland Foster/Adoptive parents, Dan and Tina Hall of Hagerstown, continue to work with the Ryan Institute for Family Health to bring new and timely information about trauma-based illnesses to the world and to increase awareness about an ultimately preventable and treatable disorder known as Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD).  After years of searching the Hall’s discovered that their beloved community was sadly lacking in educational opportunities and therapeutic resources needed to identify, support and treat thousands of traumatized children and adults in their county.  The tedious search for information about trauma related disorders came at a huge price for the Hall's, as one of their adopted children suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder along with significant attachment issues.  

Dan Hall stated, “I remember seeing the teaser (trailer) for THE BOARDER for the first time last fall.  I sat with shivers running up and down my spine and remember thinking, 'Oh my God!, that’s us! We live this movie every day in our house.'  As I wiped away my tears, I was certain that this movie has the power to change lives."  After catching his breath, Hall continued, "You think super heroes don’t exist?  I look at my wife every single day and see how she moves the spirits in our five children. Tina's drive, commitment, and dedication to see the best in everyone touches me every day.  Our daughter with RAD is a true hero!  She reminds us of how vulnerable our children are and what can happen to severely damaged children. Her presence motivates us to find help for her and for families like ours within our community.”

The costs of continuing to close our eyes and to ignore this disorder which is increasing exponentially are extremely painful emotionally, physically, and monetarily.  For families who are learning to love these special needs children, attempting to find the appropriate and gentle care needed for healing is a heart wrenching process. Without the education THE BOARDER provides those interested in children's issues and the therapeutic approach the Ryan Institute for Family Health offers, families will continue to be left in the dark with few options but to put their unmanageable children back into an already flooded foster/adoptive care systems and be penalized by having to pay exorbitant child support while their disturbed youngsters are in care. All are penalties that are exacted from families still suffering are too hard and last too long.

There will be 1 showtime of THE BOARDER at Leitersburg Cinemas in Hagerstown, MD on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 2:00 PM.  The screenings will be followed by a Q/A session with Writer/Executive Producer Jane Elizabeth Ryan, Director Jolene Adams, actor Andy Scott Harris (Carl), along with Dan & Tina Hall.

To order tickets, go to:
2 PM Showtime - click here

Tickets go on sale on August 1, 2012 on the website and are $15 online or $20 at the door.  To watch the trailer, please visit

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20145 Leitersburg Pike
Hagerstown, MD 21742

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