Opinion

November 25, 2012

Letter: Thanks for community support

On behalf of St. Mark’s Preschool, I would like to thank everyone who supported our annual Chili Supper fundraiser on Nov. 9. The event was a success — money was raised and hopefully everyone enjoyed a very good bowl of chili.

We would like to thank the businesses and individuals who generously donated to the event. Thank you to Valu-Rite, Cherokee Pharmacy, Dart Drugs, Professional Pharmacy, The Sweet Spot, Oakwood Cafe, O’Charley’s, Dalton Depot, Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s and Jandy’s. Also, thank you to the Ewton family who donated angus beef and to the Blaylocks for helping with the desserts.

Of course, an event such as this takes many hours and many volunteers — too many to name — so a big thank you to all the Advisory Board members who delivered and worked the event. It just wouldn’t be the same without Bud and Starr Herndon and Anne Blaylock manning the drive through. To the church staff who answered the phones and helped with the money. To the teachers who provided free child care for the workers. To all the parents who cooked the chili, sold the tickets, delivered and worked long hours.

To the parishioners, community members and parents of past students who helped — thank you. And to Reid and Lily Rehberg — former students — who gave up a Friday evening to help. And thank you to Lisa Ewton, Whitney Gay and Susan Davis for their leadership. Whew!

And a special thank you to Mohawk Industries and Robert Webb, the Roman Open and several anonymous donors who have supported us through the years, enabling us to continue providing a setting where typical and special needs children, and their families, come together to learn.

Ellen Andersen

Director, St. Mark’s Preschool

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

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