Sara M. Evers
To the Editor:
The Wolcottville Community Improvement Association would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the volunteers that helped organize the Wolcottville Appreciation Day on June 2.
Our committee worked so hard to make it a day of fun for the community and we feel that it was a huge success.
We would like to thank our generous sponsors – Tire Star of Wolcottville, NIPSCO, CenturyLink, Farmers State Bank, Young Family Funeral Home, Dojea Stables, Parkview LaGrange Hospital, Affordable Computer Repairs and Sales, Caldwell Appraisals, Coody Brown’s, Humpty Dumpty Ice Cream Shop, Jacobs Advertising, Pete’s Construction, Plainview Long-horns, Strawser Auctions, Targgart’s Specialty Sales and Jackson’s Heating and Air Conditioning for making the day possible.
Special thanks to Monica Hochstetler for her outstanding efforts throughout the planning process, to Grant Gamble for all his hard work organizing enter-tainment and setting up all the sound equipment for the day, to Margie Gamble for managing the raffle and silent auction, to Greg Williams for putting to-gether the Cornhole Tournament, to Jeanette Combs for organizing a wonderful parade, and to Jerry Raber of Raber’s Discount Grocery for volunteering to be our parade announcer.
Thanks also to Stacy Rofkahr for organizing the Art Contest, Evelyn Ringler for announcing the pageants, and Pete Hochstetler for your mechanical and building skills that we put to use!
We would like to say thank you to Tom and Mary Jane Hulen for agreeing at the last moment to chauffeur our Grand Marshall, Marlin Stutzman, through the parade – even though he failed to make an appearance. A special thanks to Dean Sturgill and Tire Star of Wolcottville for organizing the Car Show.
We are really grateful to the Indiana National Guard for put-ting forth a significant effort to get the much sought after rock wall for our event. Sgt. Silva and his team put in a full day making sure our kids had a safe, fun and challenging time.
We would also like to thank our town council members, Dean Domer, Greg Ringler and Matt Jordan, for being so accommodating to our group and for all the assistance the town provided to us.
The Johnson Twp. Fire Department is another organization that we would like to thank for not only participating in the day, but for helping with our spring cleanup day and washing the streets prior to the event.
We would like to give a special thank you to Wolcottville Town Marshall Ryan Kauffman and his crew along with the surrounding departments that offered their assistance. They not only had a significant police presence throughout the day, blocking traffic and patrolling the area, but they also participated fully in the day. We’re still not sure how they managed it all but we are sincerely grateful that they were able to!
We would also like to thank the many charitable organiza-tions and their volunteers that arranged to set up food and/or game booths during the event. It was so nice to see our local organizations and businesses benefiting from the special day.
Everyone in Wolcottville owes a big thank you to Joyce Bell of Bell Gardens and Greenhouse for planting the beautiful flowers throughout town that we get to enjoy this summer and Twin Six for providing the flower containers.
The Wolcottville Community Improvement Association has decided that we will continue to have this celebration on an an-nual basis, so mark your calen-dars for June 1, 2013 – our next Wolcottville Appreciation Day! We also are looking into more projects and events that we can initiate to improve Wolcottville and the surrounding area.
If anyone would like to provide us with feedback on Appreciation Day, future events, or projects, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wolcottvillecia and let us know what you think.