— Kokomo benefits from Wiles’ vision
Mandy Wright-Jarrett of the Kokomo Farmer’s Market sends this Cheer for former Kokomo Downtown Association executive John Wiles:
“I wanted to acknowledge the recent resignation of John Wiles, KDA director.
“John has been a huge part of the Kokomo Downtown Farmer’s Market’s success. As market director, I have worked with John from day one of my position. I have learned so much from him and experienced much support when others doubted all of our new changes facing the market.
“John served on our board and has been a fantastic mentor. I have also experienced his work on the other end, as a small downtown business. He has set very high standards for anyone downtown wanting to make an impact.
“Not only have I witnessed him go above and beyond for me as a small business at times, but he has put in many additional hours for my vendors at the market.
“Kokomo Downtown Farmer’s Market is truly grateful for all of his efforts and community-minded spirit that has had such a huge impact on our growth. The ongoing success of our beautiful downtown will only occur if folks like John, with a true passion for community, continue to be involved, volunteer and take risks.
“Look around Kokomo. John has been pushing a vision for sometime, and the results are clear ascetically and in the hearts of Kokomo residents.
“It has been an honor to have worked with such a great leader.”
Kiwanis, coach display passion for kids
Maconaquah superintendent Douglas Arnold and assistant superintendent James Callane send this Cheer:
“On behalf of Maconaquah School Corp., we would like to thank the South Miami County Kiwanis Club and Coach Gene Keady for the outstanding Pat Keady Memorial Golf Outing held at Rock Hollow Golf Club in Peru. Money generated from this event goes to support two Pat Keady Memorial Scholarships, one for a female Maconaquah student-athlete and one for a male Maconaquah student-athlete attending Purdue University.
“In the two years of this outing, Kiwanis has raised approximately $30,000 to support these scholarships.
“The first Pat Keady scholarships were presented on May 20 at Maconaquah High School Awards Day. This year’s recipients were Carlee Glassburn and Justin Hunt. Maconaquah School Corp. and our students greatly appreciate these financial gifts.
“This year’s event had 28 teams participate in the golf outing and more than 43 sponsors, including major sponsors like Nike and Marsh. We appreciate all the sponsors, volunteers and donors who helped raise money to support our students.
“At Maconaquah School Corp. we recognize the importance of a quality education. Our mission statement is inspiring and empowering our students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. These scholarships enable some of Maconaquah’s best to continue their quality education at an outstanding state university and meet tomorrow’s challenges.
“In conclusion, Maconaquah School Corp. is proud to have partners like the South Miami County Kiwanis Club and Coach Gene Keady who have a passion for kids. Your generosity and efforts through the Pat Keady Memorial Scholarships enable some of our best and brightest students achieve their dreams.”
Garden Party cultivates inclusion
Meredith Platt of Bona Vista Programs sends this Cheer:
“Cheers to everyone who participated in Bona Vista’s Garden Party! Despite the rainy weather, the Garden Party was a success. The inaugural event raised almost $800 for Bona Vista Programs.
“Thank you to Jim and Judy Buck for hosting the party at their home, and for allowing attendees to tour their gardens. Thank you to Gary Rhum, Blondie’s Cookies, Coca-Cola, all volunteers and all Bona Vista staff who worked on this event.
“Bona Vista’s Garden Party was an opportunity for the community to cultivate inclusion through art. Bona Vista’s clients, both adults and children, created a collection of artwork that was displayed for everyone to see. All of Bona Vista’s clients and staff appreciate everyone who took part in the Garden Party. We say, Cheers!”
Walton 5K race raises $3,100
John Mangan of the Walton Independence Day 5K run sends this Cheer:
“I would like to thank everyone for their participation in the inaugural Walton Independence Day 5K. We had a fantastic turnout – 155 participants!
“I would especially like to thank all of the volunteers who helped with the event. Without their help the event wouldn’t have been the success it was. So again, thank you!
“I would also like to thank all of the sponsors of the event. Again, without you there would be no event, so thank you very much!
“I would especially like to thank the Walton American Legion for the use of its building.
“We were able to raise $3,100 to go to the Wounded Warrior Project! Again, thank you to all who were involved in making this event such a great success! Search Walton Independence Day 5K on Facebook to see pictures taken during the run.”