'A leader above all others'
Robert Parks of Kokomo sends this Cheer for Sagamore winner John Martino:
"On July 27, former Kokomo Parks Superintendent John Martino received the most prestigious award given by the governor. On behalf of Gov. Mike Pence, state Rep. Mike Karickhoff presented Mr. Martino the Sagamore of the Wabash.
"Mr. Webster describes a sagamore as a chief or leader. John Martino certainly has been a leader above all others.
"For the past 30 years, John has been touching lives and teaching thousands of children about life in general and fishing in particular through the Moose Carden Kids' Fishing Clinic.
"It has been said that a man stands his tallest when he stoops to help a child. Mr. Martino is a giant among men and exemplifies that statement, for he is certainly the heart and soul of this program.
"Being the humble man he is, John is quick to pass on the credit of the kids' fishing clinic's success to the boat captains and the instructors, as well as the behind-the-scenes volunteers, and we tip our hats to them as well and say, thank you.
"Mr. Martino has raised the quality of life in the City of Firsts. He has helped make it a better place to live and raise a family. As parks superintendent, he made many vast improvements.
"After 30-plus years, John left the city administration for greener pastures as director of facilities for Ivy Tech Kokomo. We wish him the best and thank him for his indelible mark he left on our city.
"With sincere gratitude, we say, thank you, John.
"You are the most deserving of this award, and to quote the late, great Bob Hope, 'Thanks for the memories.'"
Good manners abound at Carver
Debby McCombs of Kokomo sends this Cheer for the fine young people at the Carver Community Center:
"Last month we participated in a neighborhood garage sale. Many people came and went, but I'm writing about some special guests who came to our sale.
"Mickey (also known as M.J.) from the Carver Center came with six or eight girls and boys. They looked around, never touching a thing. But when M.J. realized my husband was an auctioneer, he gathered the children in a circle and asked who know what an auctioneer did? Hands went up, and they explained in their own words what he did.
"After my husband 'sold' an item to the kids, they thanked him and went on their way. When they finished their rounds, they boarded their bus. I took a box of cookies out and asked if I could give them to the kids. I was invited on the bus, introduced and thanked.
"The purpose of this letter is to thank Mickey for what he is doing and the difference he is making in these young lives! He is investing his time to teach them how to find a good buy, show respect for others and use good manners!
"It was an honor to meet him, and we hope Carver Center realizes what a gem he is!"
Cinderella Ball raises $10,000
Brittnee Burton, director of development and public relations at Bona Vista, sends this Cheer:
"The Cinderella Ball, a father-daughter event for young girls between the ages of 5 and 10, was held at the Kokomo Country Club Aug. 2. It was another successful event for Bona Vista. The princesses came together for 'princess power' and donated a total of 305 items to Bona Vista’s Early Childhood Programs! The Cinderella Ball raised $10,000 for Bona Vista — bringing in $2,000 more from the previous year.
"The three-hour event consisted of a sit-down dinner, horse-drawn carriage ride provided by Breezy Lane Carriage, ballroom dance lessons by Bradley Brooking and partner, a princess power necklace craft, entertainment provided by Troy Bowers, a souvenir photo provided by Geary Photography & Design, and a commemorative Princess T-shirt. Jessica Green from the Z92.5 morning show emceed the event, and Cinderella and Prince Charming were there to interact with the princesses and autograph T-shirts.
"We would like to thank our sponsors for making this event possible: Our Corporate Sponsors were Advanced Medical Imaging and Kohl’s. Our Activity Sponsors were Stout & Son Funeral Homes, The Wyman Group, Eye Physicians Inc., Community First Bank, Nick Pate of State Farm, Hayes Advisory Group, Slate Mechanical Inc., Dr. Steven Hott, and the Kokomo Perspective, which also in addition to its sponsorship ran articles and made a wonderful video for the event. Also, thank you to our T-shirt Sponsors: Patty’s Spray Tanning, Cheer Guild Gift Shops, Handy Hardware, Triquetra, Jansen Asphalt & Tax Service, Veterans for a Better Community, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Remax Realty One, H.E. McGonigal, Button Dodge, Pediatric Dental Specialists of Indiana, Art Association of Kokomo and Refreshing Springs Church Women’s Department. Finally, thank you to our radio sponsor Z92FIVE for helping promote this event.
"For more information about how to become involved with the Cinderella Ball or to sit on the committee for next year’s event, please contact Brittnee Burton at 765-457-8273."
Labor unions serve 1,030 children
Jody Howell of the UAW Local 292 School Supplies Committee sends this Cheer:
"UAW Local 292 has participated in the S.U.P.P.L.I.E.S (Supportive Unions Prepare Pupils for Learning in Every School) program for 17 years. It is coordinated by the Howard-Tipton Counties Labor Unions, in partnership with United Way, Salvation Army, UAW and Chrysler.
"This year, we served more than 1,030 children in grades K-12 in need of school supplies.
"This program cannot succeed without donations and the financial support from those who care the most. Special thanks go to Local 292 Retirees, the Del Ra (nut ladies!) Club, and Local 292 Active members. Also Rebecca Rostron, Terri Edgell, Sandy Powell, Carol Hicks, Tonya Youngblood, Sharon Geiselman, Sue Conner, Mark Stephens, several unknown heroes and the General Motors Components Holdings staff.
"Thank you just doesn’t seem to be enough. But I am very grateful for everyone’s generosity!"