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Forest Park concessions renamed

Sunday, June 12, 2011

On Sunday, volunteers with the Clay County Humane Society officially renamed the Forest Park concession stand, "Annie's Snack Shack," in honor of volunteer Ann Hoopingarner (left). Holding the sign with Hoopingarner is volunteer Laura DeMers. [Order this photo]
For approximately 13 years, Ann Hoopingarner and Sunday concerts at Forest Park have gone together like peanut butter and jelly.

Hoopingarner volunteers for the Clay County Humane Society (CCHS), which runs the concession stand during the Brazil Concert Band concerts.

"She's the county's A No. 1 volunteer," CCHS volunteer Laura DeMers said.

DeMers had run the volunteer program for eight years. CCHS has used the concession stand for 10 years for benefits. All proceeds from concession sales go to the organization.

On Sunday, the organization elected to honor Hoopingarner by renaming the concession stand.

It will now be known as, "Annie's Snack Shack."

"Ann has never missed a day," DeMers said of Hoopingarner, who sells beverages and popcorn to those in attendance while walking through the crowds.

Hoopingarner was unaware Sunday was her day.

"Thank you very much," she told the crowd as they gave her a standing ovation. "I didn't know this was going to happen."

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Congratulations to a well deserving lady!

-- Posted by dbltrbl on Sun, Jun 12, 2011, at 9:19 PM

Without objection. Well deserved. Annie has SERVED this community for many a year. From when she first started carrying newspapers for Fred McDonald back in the early 70's. Thanks Annie.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Sun, Jun 12, 2011, at 9:19 PM


-- Posted by bandmom_63 on Sun, Jun 12, 2011, at 10:18 PM

The most heartwarming point of the evening was when the crowd gave Annie a standing ovation.

-- Posted by Watson03 on Mon, Jun 13, 2011, at 5:55 AM

Very well deserved Ms. Annie!!

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Mon, Jun 13, 2011, at 7:09 AM

Good for you!

-- Posted by purehonesty on Mon, Jun 13, 2011, at 7:34 AM

Way to go Annie!! You are an inpiration to many. You go girl!!!

-- Posted by ugotitdude on Mon, Jun 13, 2011, at 7:57 AM

That's my cousin! We are so proud of her! Way to go Annie!!!

-- Posted by HaveFun on Mon, Jun 13, 2011, at 7:58 AM

I love that this was done for her. Way to go Annie!

-- Posted by Mumbler on Mon, Jun 13, 2011, at 11:17 AM

Awesome Annie!!!

-- Posted by bandforever on Mon, Jun 13, 2011, at 2:50 PM

Gotta Love Ann, she has always been a great volunteer as for as long as I can remember. Keep up the great work

-- Posted by parryj on Mon, Jun 13, 2011, at 3:10 PM

That's my cousin too! Way to go Annie!!!

-- Posted by gofigureIndy on Tue, Jun 14, 2011, at 12:14 AM

This was a wonderful event. May God Bless Annie! She is a special angel. She deserves this.

-- Posted by To God be the Glory on Tue, Jun 14, 2011, at 8:13 AM

Congratulations Annie! You are indeed a very special lady to many in this community.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Jun 14, 2011, at 8:56 AM

Gosh, Annie has been around forever. I'm so happy she received this honor. She truly deserves it. What a beautiful soul she is.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Jun 14, 2011, at 11:46 AM

I think this is great and wonderful thing. I remember Ann and her Family and I am sure that not only is she happy but the family is proud. Thank you Brazil Indiana for never changing what I have always been raised to believe. Love one another !

-- Posted by Nosredna Retep on Wed, Jun 15, 2011, at 8:12 PM

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