Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 14, 2013

Sept. 14, 2013: Cheers & Jeers

Kokomo Tribune

---- — Lives ‘changed for the better’

Bruce and Lisa LeClerc, event coordinators for Day of C.H.A.N.G.E., send this Cheer:

“We want to thank all those involved with this year’s Day of C.H.A.N.G.E. event.

“First, we’d like to thank our major sponsors: St. Patrick Catholic Church, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and USW Local 2958. Thanks to Flodder’s Sawmill for its generous donation of wood pieces for our art auction and the artists who transformed them. Thanks to Kokomo Art Association, Artworks Gallery, Bohemian Tattoo Club artists, IU Kokomo art students and instructor Minda Douglas, Kokomo High School art students and teacher Allison Brothers Hatcher and many other local artists.

“Thanks to those providing entertainment and food: Liberty Ladies, Curtain Call Children’s Theatre under the direction of Melody Pike, the Empire of Chivalry and Steel with Celtic dancers Rose Gates and Zoey Blackwell and Celtic singer Amber Everling, Sally Duke, Maurice Hardiman, R3M3DY, Tim Garthright, Branded Bluegrass, Dairy Queen, Drakes Bar & Grill, Bailey Concessions, Brickhouse Restaurant, Kokomo Concessions.

“Thanks to Hoosier Family Radio and Jessica Green and Chris Stevens of Z92FIVE for the live broadcast and emceeing the raft race. Thanks to Markland Mall and Mary Martin, Howard Print Shop, TeamWorks Apparel Co., Lisa Hill of Farmers Insurance, the City of Kokomo, the Parks and Recreation Department, Coca-Cola, Calvary Baptist Church, Kohl’s Department Store, The Crossing (for getting wet and losing their shoes), Maple Grove Community Church, Ralph Hendershot, Stewart’s Health Care Consultants, Rotary Club of Kokomo Early Risers, the Rotary Club of Kokomo, Rich’s Mobile Entertainment, Altrusa and Marilyn Skinner, Curt Alexander, Haynes Federal Credit Union, Morning Star Church, the Knights of Columbus, Dixon Park Dental Care, 20/20 Vision, Killingbeck Insurance, The Wyman Group, Community First Bank, Haynes International, UAW Local 292 Retirees, Carpenters Local 615, the Elks Lodge 429, the Kokomo Herald and Don and Shannon Crouch and graphic designing by Chrissy Boyd, the Kokomo Perspective and Samantha Thieke, the many retailers who allowed us to put up change jars.

“A special thank-you to our 10 agencies: Advantage Housing, Birthright, CAM Inc., Carver Center, Family Service Association, Gilead House, Kokomo Habitat for Humanity, Loving Hands Adult Day Care, New Leaf Mentoring, Sole Searchers Shoe Program, the many CAM residents who did many volunteer jobs under the direction of Darin Bogue, all the members of our community who supported Day of C.H.A.N.G.E. by attending and bringing their change, and our children Ashley, Madison, Cam, Caleb, MaryRose and Isabella, and our grandson Jacoby. Without their support, encouragement and sacrifices, this day is not as successful or as meaningful.

“And last and most importantly we at Day of C.H.A.N.G.E. thank God for his providential grace and mercy. Because people’s lives are changed for the better, Day of C.H.A.N.G.E. will return next year. Keep us in your prayers and save your change.”

Firefighters serve 770 dinners

Judy Stroud-McIntire of Galveston sends this Cheer:

“I would like to thank all the people and the businesses that made it possible for the Walton Community Volunteer Fire Department to have a successful Fireworks Festival Top 55 Cruise-In. July 4 was a perfect day for the annual event. We had 105 registered cars, trucks and motorcycles. The firemen served 770 fish and tenderloin dinners.

“I would like to thank the following sponsors: Cass County Lincoln Mercury and Ford, Carol Woolever and family, Country Design, Walton Elevator, Deano’s Pizza, Leffert Stone, the Walton Freeze, Walton’s Little Mountain, Weaver Funeral Home, Galveston Liquor Store, Johnson Insurance, Moss Well Drilling, Bill and Brenda Johnson, McIntire Farms of Knox, Osborn Auto and Trim of Logansport, Kokomo Auto Supply, The Gallery Home Furnishings, Fike’s Tinker Tops, Troxel John Deere of Wabash, Hagerty Antique & Classic Insurance of Michigan, Gateway Classic Auto Sales of Illinois, and Richard’s Mobile DJ Service for providing the sound system for the parade and cruise-in. I just hope that I didn’t miss any of my sponsors. If I did, I’m so sorry.

“This could not go on without the sponsors and all the volunteers who do the parade, the fireworks, the vendors, the walk, cruise-in and the fish fry. All these people work very hard every year to bring this event to the community.

“Hope to see everyone next year.”