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Letter To The Editor - Benefit Thank You


Cori Vilardo




To the Editor:

    I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the benefit fundraiser for Willard Smith and family a success. To Eva Woodworth for helping me organize the event, donating her time and items as well. It wouldn’t have been a success without you.

    Thanks also to Sally Watson and Marla Miller for donating their time to participate in the bake sale, Doug Norment for cooking the pulled pork, it was great.

    I’d like to thank all the people and business that donated to help make the raffle and silent auction possible. Thank you Tom Shepherd of Kendallville - Shepherds GM; Woody Woodworth of Wolcottville - Woody’s Wood and Things; Guy Thompson of Howe - Thompson Family Photography;  Sacred Skin Tattoo in Kendallville; Crystal Boudreau of Anaheim, Calif.; Mongo River Run; Mongo Trading Post; Amber Storms of Sturgis, Mich. - Vivid Image Salon; Gliks in Sturgis, Mich.; Terry Armstrong of Warsaw; Bobbi Bowers of Howe; Chris Branscom of Argos, Ind.; Tri Kappa of LaGrange; Image Wear in Sturgis Mich.; Tyler Pedroza; Iannarelli’s in Howe; The Gathering Place in Howe; Fountian of Youth in LaGrange; My Father’s Business in LaGrange; Radiant Hair Salon in LaGrange; Foltz’s Bakery in LaGrange; CVS in LaGrange, Kroger in Sturgis, Mich.; Scott’s in Kendallville; Merv Whetstone - Topeka Save-A-Lot; Vernon Miller - Country Style Meats in LaGrange; Bob Long - Butcher Bob’s in LaGrange; Toby Rhodes - LaGrange Pizza Hut; Eric Saitz - Strand Theatre in Sturgis, Mich.; Betty Barr; Sarah Ackerman – Nancy’s Cutting Room in Rome City; Raber’s in Wolcottville; Gunthrop Farms in Mongo; and anyone I may have forgotten. 

    I give a big thank you to the members of Chapel Hill, the music was great, and to Guy Thompson of Mousetrap Puppets, the show was a big hit, the kids loved it.

    I give a big thanks to my friends and family that helped with setting up, running around, watching the donations cans, and much more. 

    Words can’t explain how thankful my parents and I are and we’re glad to have such wonderful people in our lives that would help us in our time of need. Once again, thank you!