Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 7, 2013

Sept. 7, 2013: Cheers & Jeers


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Cruise In draws its largest crowd

Jim Price, director of the Grissom Air Museum, sends this Cheer:

"Grissom Air Museum hosted its fourth annual Warbird Cruise In car show. We had 181 registered entries, and another 12 classics that arrived after registration closed. The GAM also welcomed another 800 guests, for what is the largest crowd in our four years.

"We gave away more than 50 awards, with the major awards being handed out to the following:

"Mike Grindle and his 1987 Autocycle won the Barry Riggs Memorial; Steve Leach and his 1977 Corvette won the Bud Fivecoate Memorial; Jon Schmidt and his 1944 Willys Jeep won the Commander's Trophy, and Bill Pavey and his 1955 Bel Air won the Warbird Trophy.

"George Mize provided great musical entertainment, and the Vohne Liche Kennels provided our visitors with a great show. Our food vendors, HOOS-UR-GRLS, Slappy’s BBQ, Kona Ice of Kokomo and International Circus Concessions provided outstanding food and drink. Our guests also had access to other vendors and exhibitors including Ivy Tech, Chris Ousley’s Allstate Insurance, and Paul Richards GM Center.

"Prizes were handed out and included two flights on a Huey helicopter, courtesy of the American 369 Group, three rides with our own Bob Barr in his T-34 Mentor, two tickets to see the Diamonds in concert, courtesy of Kokomo Community Concert, a bicycle courtesy of Regions Insurance, a suede jacket courtesy of Cass County Ford, and a $50 prepaid Visa card from Security Federal. Many of our area merchants also donated items that were given away to our guests and our car owners.

"The 2013 Warbird Cruise In was sponsored by Paul Richards GM Center, Jeffrey Price Law Office, Beacon Credit Union-West, Gallahan Oil Co., Eye Physicians Inc. and WOW TOYZ.

"We would like to thank all of the companies that supported this year’s car show, including Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Eriks Chevrolet, City Tire of Peru, RockAuto.com, Gateway Classic Cars, Clown Town Motorcycles, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts, AutoZone, NAPA, Johnny Law Motors, Outrageous Apparel, CDB Screen Printing, RDJ Specialties, Family Video, Amelio’s and Ike’s Sports Bar, Pizza Hut of Logansport, Dutch Café, Circus City Grill, Wells Fargo Bank, First Farmers Bank and Trust, Chizzy’s Pizza King, McDonald's, Cole Brothers Water, Marsh, Kroger and Outback Steakhouse.

"We hope to see all of you next year for the 2014 Warbird Cruise In on Saturday, Aug. 2. We have begun the planning for next year’s show, so contact Jim Price at 574-398-1451 or director@grissomairmuseum.com if you want to be a participant, sponsor, donor, vendor, or exhibitor."

'The importance of educating our youth'

Dr. Jacquelyn Thomas-Miller, Chaplain Sherri Headen and Willie Stroman of the Kokomo Chapter of Indiana Black Expo send this Cheer:

"On behalf of the Kokomo Chapter of Indiana Black Expo Board of Directors and Membership, we would like to sincerely thank you for your support of the 18th annual IBE Corporate Luncheon. You continue to show your interest in the community and understand the importance of educating our youth.

"We salute these organizations for their support: ALDI, City of Kokomo, Carver Community Center, Community Howard Regional Health, Delphi, Elks Lodge, Excel Center, Grace Memorial Church Of God, Grissom Family Readiness Center, Ivy Tech, Kokomo NAACP Chapter 3055, Kokomo Auto World, Kokomo Visitor’s Bureau, KeyBank, Lucas Furniture, Loving Hands Day Care, Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, St. Joseph Hospital, Second Missionary Baptist Church, Howard County Sheriff Department, Strickler Jewelers, state Rep. Mike Karickhoff, Tobacco Protection and Cessation, and UAW 1166.

"We encourage your continued support, along with other community organizations that attended this fundraising event. Your time and contributions are the key factors that make the Kokomo Chapter, Indiana Black Expo Inc. one of the most active in the state. Special thanks to the luncheon committee."

Program getting widespread support

Jeff Newton, executive director of Kokomo Urban Outreach, sends this Cheer:

"Kokomo Urban Outreach would like to express thanks to Simara McCracken and Hailey Gillam for organizing and holding a Lemonade Stand and Bake Sale July 12. The girls are in the fourth grade at Western Intermediate School and wanted to help their classmates by holding this fundraiser. Simara presented us with $70 for the Western School Corp. Buddy Bag Program.

"A great big thank-you is also sent out to Mike Williams for organizing the Schulte Memorial Golf Outing, which was held on Aug. 17 at Chippendale Golf Course. The golf outing was a huge success, and 75 students are now able to eat over the weekend. KUO would like to say thank you to all hole sponsors, businesses and individuals who donated prizes and auction items, and of course all of the golfers who participated.

"A buddy bag is a bag of food that goes home with elementary school students every Friday afternoon. The nutritious and kid-friendly food helps to ensure that children are eating over the weekend. If they are eating over the weekend, they are going to school on Monday ready to learn! KUO anticipates providing nearly 1,000 buddy bags for this school year. Tax deductible gifts to support the Buddy Bag Program in Howard County may be sent to Kokomo Urban Outreach, 1701 S. Locke St., Kokomo, IN 46902."

'She should have suffered consequences'

Pat Duchane of Kokomo sends this Cheer for a newsworthy stance:

"I would like to show my support for the theater owner in Kentucky who is refusing to show the nation's top movie, "The Butler," because one of thestars is Jane Fonda.

"She should have suffered some consequence for her part in the Vietnam prisoner of war debacle."