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Courthouse employees active in helping YMCA Strong Kids

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

It may have been an odd sight to see Clay County Commissioner Paul Sinders (right) in short pants accepting the Clay County 4-H Fair's 2009 Celebrity Showmanship Champion award from 2009 4-H Fair Queen Hannah Van Horn in July 2009, but it will be a stranger sight to see him in blue jeans at the March 1 meeting of the Clay County Commissioners. Sinders admitted he has not worn blue jeans since he was a teenager. Times Staff File Photo. [Order this photo]
Clay County Commissioner Paul Sinders will soon remember what it is like to break in a new pair of blue jeans.

For the second straight year, the Clay County Prosecutor's Office has sponsored a fundraiser to benefit the YMCA 2010 Strong Kids Campaign.

Last year, courthouse employees were able to donate $5 and wear a silly shirt on "Wacky T-shirt Day," which they will do again this year on Friday. However, for an additional $5 donation, they will be able to see something they never have before.

In hopes to raise additional funding for the Strong Kids Campaign, Sinders -- who is also on the YMCA Board of Directors -- will be wearing blue jeans to the March 1 meeting of the Clay County Commissioners.

"Growing up, I wore bib overalls and jeans because I was raised on a farm," Sinders told The Brazil Times. "But ever since I left for college, I haven't really had the need to wear jeans."

Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger said the fundraiser was a greater success than anticipated last year, which is why they chose to do it again.

"It was enjoyable for the employees in pretty much every office that we decided to make it a courthouse event," he said, adding fundraising for the Strong Kids Campaign takes place only in February. "In fact, I think they had more fun talking about the shirts and designs leading up to 'Wacky T-shirt Day' more than the day itself."

Despite going decades without owning or wearing a pair of jeans, Sinders wanted to do his part to help.

"I am actively involved in raising funds for the Strong Kids Campaign, and if there is anything I can do to help the cause, I'll do it," he said, adding the goal for the campaign is to raise $38,000. "We are still short of the goal, but every little bit helps."

Sinders added this isn't the first time he has agreed to wear something other than his normal attire.

"Several years ago when I was principal (at Clay City Jr./Sr. High School), I told the students that if the band won its regional competition, I would wear bib overalls to school," he said. "I actually borrowed a pair of overalls from (Northview Marching Knights Assistant Band Director) Rusty Bottomley, who was the band director at Clay City at the time."

Deputy Prosecutor Kim Jackson -- who is also on the YMCA Board of Directors -- told The Brazil Times 100 percent of the funds raised during the Strong Kids Campaign within the community go to help local youth.

"Donations to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign helps fund youth programs like the Summer Day Camp," Jackson said. "Not only will the courthouse employees be able to help the youth of our community, but it also provides themselves the opportunity to have a little fun as well."

Commissioners' President Charlie Brown said he has already purchased the jeans for Sinders to wear, which Reberger added would be quite a sight to see.

"It's all in good fun for a good cause and Paul has been such a good sport," he said.

Residents may also contribute to the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign by dropping off donations at the YMCA of Clay County, 225 E. Kruzan St., Brazil, or at the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, located on the third floor of the Clay County Courthouse. Donations may also be dropped off at Clay County locations of Terre Haute Savings Bank, First Financial Bank and Riddell National Bank, and checks should be made payable to "YMCA Strong Kids Campaign."

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You being from "Mayberry USA" isn't not wearing them a slap to the face. Even the Mayor was seen in blue jeans! Lets call them Levis or Wrangler.

But wear sme shades the camera flash might hurt or eyes!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by smallguysmalltown on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 9:09 AM

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