Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana


August 24, 2013

Aug. 24, 2013: Cheers & Jeers


"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.

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