Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 22, 2014

Cheers & Jeers: March 22, 2014

Acacia fundraiser blossomed

Development Director Lori Tate of Acacia Academy sends out this cheer to those who helped make their Art in Bloom fundraising event a success.

“On March 8, the 5th annual Art in Bloom at Acacia Academy was a special evening filled with spring flowers, colorful kites and student art projects. Over 150 guests were treated to a brilliant variety of live musical entertainment, a delicious dinner, a lively auction and beautiful art projects produced and presented by our students. The total harvested during the evening provided more than $27,000 for student scholarships.

These local sponsors graciously donated seed money to underwrite the event: Community First Bank, Creative Financial Designs, Crume Evans Insurance, Eye Physicians, First Farmers Bank and Trust, Granny’s Furniture, Hayes Advisory Group, H.E McGonigal/Button Dodge, Hoosier AM/FM WZWZ/WIOU/WMYK, Kathryn Jones, DDS, Christina Lorentson, Dr. Willis Peele, Solidarity Community FCU, William and Sharon Bassett, David and Sara Sullivan and Dr. Tanko. Founding partners that continue to nurture Acacia Academy are St. Vincent St. Joseph Hospital and First Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Sweet fragrances delighted the senses, through the generosity of in-kind donations of appetizers from Main Street Café and desserts from J. Edwards Chocolates, Cakes and Gifts. Generous businesses, individuals and Acacia students provided over 90 auction items to enhance the bouquet. Auctioneer Brett Rinehart was the gardener that masterfully guided each art project and bid to its best showing.

A successful event involves a dedicated team of volunteers and staff as planners and planters. Much thanks to the Marketing Chair — Chris Fairchild; Decorating Chair, Event Artwork and Students Projects Chair – Jo Ann Davis; Set-up and Clean-up Chairs – Mark Jones and Jay Walters; Food, Beverage and Server Chair – Shirley Davis; Auction Donation Chair – Deb Walters; Student Activity Chair – Tammy Freeman and their committee members who worked the soil tirelessly to ensure each part of the blossom developed to its full potential. And many thanks to Bob and Betsy Hoshaw, Laura Swartzendruber and Ruth Maxson for lending their talents, resources and many hours to the students’ art projects. Special thanks to Main Street United Methodist Church for providing the facility for the event and for the school. Finally, thank you to Acacia Academy students and alumni who served the meal, assisted in the project store, entertained, and presented live auction projects.”


Business deserves recognition

Roxann Edwards sends out a cheer to Kokomo Metal Fabricators for their service and generosity:

“Kokomo Metal Fabricators has helped us out numerous times welding our kitchen chairs so that we did not have to buy new ones.

They always charged very little, but the last time we had a chair welded, the owner suggested instead of paying him we should be especially generous to our hard working server the next time we ate out.

We feel that this was such a nice thing for him to say and we followed through on our promise to him. When you find a business person who is really caring about others we feel they should receive recognition.”


Science fair at IU Kokomo a success

Emily Bargerhuff sends out this cheer to everyone who helped with this year’s Howard County Science Fair:

“The 50th annual Howard County Science Fair was held at IU Kokomo on Feb. 15. Students, teachers, parents, judges, benefactors, and everyone else who was involved should be commended for the difference they helped make in the lives of the students who participated.

There were 21 Senior Division exhibits and 69 students in the Junior Division from elementary and middle schools throughout Howard County. Volunteer judges listened to each student explain the logical, cognitive, scientific theory they used to guide them through their projects as they proved or disproved their original theories.

Hopefully, this feedback helped the students prepare for future science fairs (regional, state, and international).

Due to the generosity of the sponsors, $4,400 was awarded in prize money to the top 10 junior and top 10 senior division winners. A big thank you to the sponsors: Haynes International, Inc., Janet and Mark Comerford, Bucheri McCarty & Metz LLP Certified Public Accountants, Erik’s Chevrolet, Inc., Newlon Metals, Inc., Rotary Club of Kokomo, Stan and Jody Ortman, The Windmill Grill, The Wyman Group, Charles and Sandy Sponaugle, Emily Bargerhuff, Bob and Marcia Gillette, IU Kokomo Chancellor, Sue Sciame-Giesecke, IU Kokomo School of Sciences faculty, staff, and students, and the IU Kokomo Physical Plant staff.”


Care will not be forgotten

Josie Norris of Kokomo sends this cheer to the staff at North Woods Village and Drs. Williams and Kinsley:

“I just want to let the nurses and everyone at North Woods Village know how much I appreciate their care for our loved one (Imogene Eaker) for all the time she was a resident there. They were so thoughtful to keep me informed about her and to let me know when she would have to go to the hospital. They called me in the early morning hours of March 9 and let me know that Imogene was in critical condition and they were calling for an ambulance. Dr. Williams called me a short time later and told me in a very kind and compassionate way that they had lost her. He expressed his sympathy to me and all of Imogene’s family in a very comforting way. I believe Dr. Kinsley was one of her doctors also.

So to Kim, Phyllis and everyone at Northwood Village and Dr. Williams and Dr. Kinsley, please know that your care and kindness will not be forgotten.”