Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 13, 2013

July 13, 2013: Cheers & Jeers

Kokomo Tribune

---- — ‘The hands and feet of Christ’

Van Taylor, executive director of the Kokomo Rescue Mission, sends this Cheer for Delphi Automotive Corp. and its employees:

“Sunshine and warm weather were a welcome sight for the 25 Delphi Corp. volunteers who helped at the Kokomo Rescue Mission for another successful ‘Delphi Gives Back Day’ on June 21. Their combined effort moved 2.7 tons of lava rock and three large shrubs, trimmed bushes and trees, planted five flats of flowers, used 2 gallons of stain to refinish a fence, and spread a total of 6 gallons of paint to restripe several parking areas and re-paint the front of a warehouse.

“Delphi employees and family members worked late into the afternoon at the several Kokomo Rescue Mission buildings to be the hands and feet of Christ as they gave of themselves.

“The KRM staff and guests would like to sincerely thank each person who volunteered their time, skills and energy to beautify, refurbish and revamp these locations. We are fortunate to live in a caring community where companies and individuals truly believe in helping each other and are genuinely concerned about the plight of those less fortunate. We are genuinely blessed!

“To the volunteers, thank you for sacrificing your time to help the Mission continue to provide a comfortable and welcoming place for those in the community who may need a safe place to stay or a hot meal. Your work helps ensure there is a safe haven for those in desperate need. Thank you again for your compassion and empathy that moved you to action. We are grateful for your service!”

A benefit for youth, community

David and Nancy Frazier of Tipton, race directors of the Run To The Cross 5K, send this Cheer:

“The Run To The Cross 5K was a great success again this year. Money was raised to provide scholarships for our local youth to attend church camp. All participants received a shirt, along with a wooden cross necklace for all finishers.

“We need to give a big thank-you to all the runners, walkers, volunteers, sponsors and contributors.

“Overall top three male finishers were Parker Jones, Nathan Gonzalez and Mauricio Gonzalez. Overall top three female finishers were Stacy Hare, Janette Clem and Jana Curry. Age group awards were also given.

“Of course, it starts with Rock Prairie Baptist Church, which put on an outstanding event and the wonderful hard-working volunteers. Also, thanks to the Tipton Park Board/Department that was as helpful and supportive as we could have asked for, the Tipton Street Department and Miller’s Merry Manor.

“Thank you to those businesses that advertised our event or allowed us to advertise there.

“There were several levels of sponsorship, and we want to publically thank those sponsors. Our friends at Subway who provided the overall awards for top three males and females. Marsh Supermarkets, which provided the bananas, apples and cookies.

“Platinum Sponsors include: American Family Insurance, Encompass Credit Union, Gabe’s Pizza, Hughes Insurance Group, Marsh Supermarkets, Ramsay Business Solutions, RPBC Family In Christ, Screeners Ink and Subway.

“Gold Sponsors include: Ricker’s and Young-Nichols Funeral Home.

“Bronze Sponsors include: Absolutely You Salon, Auntie Jens Creations, DuraMark Technologies, Murray;s Body Shop and PNC Bank.

“Run To The Cross also received well over $600 in raffle prizes from local businesses, which were raffled off after the race. These prizes were of great value and we want to acknowledge those generous businesses too. They include: Absolutely You Salon, Ace Hardware, ALCO, Auntie Jen’s Creations, Blue Mile Running, Dairy Queen, Diana Theatre, Gabe’s Pizza , Golden Corral, Grindstone Charley’s, Half Moon Restaurant, Horton’s of Tipton, Jim Dandy, Moser Jewelers, Outback Steakhouse, Papa Murphy’s, PhillyStake-Out, Pizza King, Pizza Shack, PNC Bank, R&T Tire & Auto, Runners Forum, Starbucks, Steak & Shake, Steele’s Tipton Dry Cleaners and Tipton Golf Course.

“Thanks to Ryan Schueler for designing the race shirt and Screeners Ink for a fast and fantastic job of printing.

“We believe this year’s event was a great benefit not only to our local youth, but also to the local community. We again thank everyone involved and look forward to next year.”

‘Above-and-beyond community support’

Dennis Morgan, executive director of the Carver Community Center, sends this Cheer for those who made Rib Fest possible:

“The Carver Board of Directors and staff is sending out the biggest thank-you ever for the wonderful, above-and-beyond community support that was given on June 7 and 8 in Foster Park by our attendees, community partners, numerous supporters, families, our 200-plus volunteers to 2013 Rib Fest, and especially Evon Whitfield for her management of the Beer Garden and TaMara Smith and Fredrick Murrell for managing the corn booth.

“Commencing Friday with the entertainment rendered by the Northwestern High School Jazz Band and Rhum Academy of Music, Rib Fest 2013 got off to a fantastic start! Saturday started with a patriotic salute to our country, which included the Posting of Colors by the U.S. Army Recruiting Station of Kokomo and a breathtaking rendition of the National Anthem performed by a local songstress, Hallie Fletcher. I also want to thank all the bands that participated in providing our entertainment for June 8: 23-10, The Pummels, 26 West, Token Blue, Shiny Penny & Critical Shoes, and the Contours featuring Sylvester Potts.

“To all our food and children activities vendors, we send a thank-you, which included Rollin Wit Da Roux (Best Sauce award winner) and Hawg Heaven/Dinner Bell (awarded Best Ribs, and People’s Choice for most sales).

“We especially thank the following: Hawg Heaven/Dinner Bell (ticket sponsor), Whiskey Creek (beer garden sponsor), McGonigal’s/Button Motor’s, Mid American Beverage, Soupley’s Wine & Spirit, Coca-Cola Bottling of Kokomo, Meijer’s (sweet corn donation), Solidarity Community Federal Credit Union, John Martino and the Kokomo Park and Recreation Department, Sheriff’s Department, Kokomo Police Department, Howard County Emergency Assistance Team, Street Department, Radio Stations Rock 98.5, WIOU, Z92.5, and emcees/on-air broadcasters Jessica Funk, Michael Turner and Chris Skala, Mayor Greg Goodnight , Kokomo Center Township School Corporation, Kokomo Perspective, Kokomo Tribune, Kokomo Herald and the United Way of Howard County among many others for making this one of the greatest events yet.

“The profit generated from the Rib Fest will be used to directly support our youth and family programs, facility improvement projects and the daily operation of our community center. Carver is a United Way funded agency.

“Upcoming community events scheduled by Carver Community Center are Aug.10 and 11, Studebaker Park, Summerfest; 24th Annual Golf Outing at Wildcat Creek, Aug. 16, 17 and 18; and Carver Gospel Fest at Foster Park on Saturday, Aug. 31.”