Letter to the Editor

Thanks to those who supported 'Power of Community'

Sunday, January 4, 2015

To the editor:

At the end of September, our community came together in a very special way called "Power of the Community" at North Clay Middle School to raise money for our local kindergarten students and books through United Way's Success by Six Program. Because of the generosity of our local businesses, civic groups, restaurants, caterers, schools, churches, and individuals, the Power of the Community event raised nearly $5,000 to bring books to hundreds of Clay Community School Corporation young students along with the Real Men Read program.

The testimonies of Real Men Reader Chuck Weliever, East Side kindergarten teacher Lisa Coughanowr, United Way of the Wabash Valley Director Troy Fears, and United Way Campaign Chair and President of St. Mary of the Woods College Dr. Dottie King painted a heart-rendering picture of the impact this program has on our Clay County children. We appreciate their service to our community for their contributions.

Our corporate sponsors: Riddell National Bank, Terre Haute Savings Bank and A+ Printing made this event even more possible with their financial support. The partnership with the Clay Community School Corporation administration, teachers and Supt. Kim Tucker is amazing. Each school and the administration building staff provided a themed basket and many attended. Thank you to our educators for all of your loving dedication to our children. Two high school students from Northview's Excaliburs volunteered to help us with set-up which was gratefully accepted.

Our local restaurants and caterers did a wonderful job providing "A Taste of Clay County" donating samples of their best dishes. We recommend that you frequent these businesses and let them know you value their commitment to our students. Thanks to: Iron Skillet, Lake House Restaurant, Harmony Diner, Coach's Timeout Sports and Grill, Pappy's Bar-B-Que, Pages Food Store, Kroger, Hardee's, The Brazil Coffee Company, Green Olive Catering, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Little Caesar's Pizza, Papa John's Pizza, and Coca-Cola Bottling Company. We asked for small samples and still went away full. Thank you once again for your kindness!

We enjoyed a lively raffle, silent auction, and live auction with some terrific help by auctioneer Chris Pell. The following individuals, businesses, civic groups, and churches donated very generously: .McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Long John Silver's, Pappy's Bar-B-Que, Family Video, Top Notch Family Restaurant, Subway, Dairy Queen, Pepsi Cola Refreshment Services, and Walnut Theatre.

We also thank Clay Business Women, Riddell National Bank, Houston Family Medicine, Clay County Podiatry LLC, Hale's Little Angels Child Care, John Howes State Farm Insurance, French Family, Morris Manufacturing and Sales Corporation, Delta Theta Tau Sorority, James E. Deal, Attorney-at-Law and wife Kathy, Dr. Gary Staadt, H & R Block, Ann Walden of Mary Kay Products, PDF Supply LLC, Rodgers Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Alicia Reed-Thomas, and U.S. Nails. Other donors include: Walmart, The Brazil Times, Sam's Hardware, Sugar-n-Spice Florist, Aunt Z's, Chuck and Roberta Weliever, Old Fashion Jewelry Shop, Hoosier Homes and Land, Hamilton Center, U.S. Lawns, Dan and Brenda Weber, Clay City Pottery, McKinley-Hill and Berea Churches, Tri Kappa Sorority, Shelli Roembke of Pampered Chef, Christmas in the Park Committee, Out Back Garden Center, "Before Help Arrives", The Seasoned Wick, Sherwin Williams, and Yegerlehner Family Farms.

The generous giving continues with Terre Haute Savings Bank, Emmert Realty, St. Vincent Clay Hospital, Brazil Lions Club, Ryan and Nichole Keller of ThirtyOne, Mane Attraction, Shear Image, YMCA's of the Wabash Valley, Oak Ridge Golf Course, Forest Park Golf Course, T.J. and Susan Sneddon, Party Time Rentals, New Elegance Salon and Spa, American Rental, Fun Time Fitness and Aquatics, The Farmer and the Flea Market, Crossroads Studio, Farm Bureau Insurance, Midwest Pickers, Yankee Rose, Brazil First United Methodist Church, First Christian Church Children's Ministry, and CASY-Chances and Services for Youth.

Last but not least, we would like to thank our Power of Community Committee members: Roberta Weliever, Diane Braden, Bill Schad, Janice Modesitt, Katie Sims, Allyson Wagner, Lindsey Mullinix, Kelly Murphy, and Margaret Crowley. This wonderful committee donated countless hours to organize this fun annual event with all proceeds going to support the Success by Six program under United Way of the Wabash Valley. As everyone can clearly see, Clay County is truly a caring community that supports our students and literacy efforts.

Kathy Deal and Mary Yelton,

Power of Community co-chairs