To the editor:
Despite some setbacks and threatening weather, the 34th-annual Ray Laman Children's Christmas Party, held Dec. 14 at the Wintersville Volunteer Fire Department, was a huge success. All attending enjoyed a sing-along with guitarist Kenny Wells and danced with Rudolph, Frosty, elves and Mrs. Claus before the arrival of Santa. Children received a free photo with Santa, gender-related gift bags and fruit bags. Santa and his helpers also surprised sick children at Trinity Medical Center West following the party.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their generous donations and ask that those reading this will patronize the businesses that helped us. Without these merchants and caring citizens, this annual event would not be possible: American Legion Post 557; American Pure Water Systems; Tri-State Financial Services; Signs Limited; Daily Insurance Agency; Neidengard's Harley-Davidson; General Contracting; Sterling's Auto Body and Paint; Dr. Thomas Brown; FOP Lodge 97; Shop with a Cop; Village of Wintersville; First Choice America; Wintersville Volunteer Fire Department; Quik Mart and More DBA Valero Truck Stop; State Park Motors (Steel Valley Charities); J&J's Bar; Wintersville Women's Club; Knox Construction; L&J Bowers; Howard L. Bowers Contracting; P.E.R.S.; attorney James T. Abrams; Stephen Spurlock, DBA State Farm Insurance; Colonial Baptist Church; First National Bank; Dunlope-Shorac Funeral Homes; DaPeppino Inc.; Arby's; Wendy's; Riesbeck's Food Markets; Wintersville Trophy Shop; Wal-Mart Distribution Center 7017; Giannamore's Pizza; B&B Screen Printing; Mr. Key Locksmith; Everhart-Bove Funeral Service; King's Family Restaurant; Snack Brothers; Ossio and Mason CPA; Dr. William S. Grant; and K&Z Lube and Shine.
Caring citizens include Charles and Hilda Cowser; Ronald and Kathy Stinard; Richard and Cathy Happ; T. Hayes and Bonnie Sanders; Edith Snodgrass; Jack Kearney; Richard and Beverly Wyman; Jerry and Eileen Krupinski; Arthur and Barbara Gibbons; William and Mary Edwards; Dorette Boylan; John and Suzanne Synodinos; Barbara A. Steele; Ernest and Lynne Caldrone; Phyllis Forman; Pat and Vicki Forte; Frank and Kathryn Cole; Mary Marks; Gary and Betty Ann Kessler and several anonymous donors.
I would also like to extend a special thank you to a hard-working crew of volunteers: Von Michael, Nick Damis II, Kelli Knight, Cynthia Harda, Margaret Artman, Bonnie Ware, members of the Wintersville Volunteer Fire Department, Karen Sabatino, Lorraine Hazlett, Paula Hendricks, Chloe Fristick, police Chief Ed Laman, Teresa Laman, members of Wintersville Council, Ethan Fristick, the Rev. Kelly Green, Mark Morrow, Chase Matthews, Kerry DiDomenico, Tony Crowe and Kenny Wells.
These people prove that the joy of living is in the giving.
We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and remember to mark Dec. 13 as the date of the 2014 party.
Chair, Ray Laman Children's