Laman party was a success

To the editor:

The 39th-annual Ray Laman Children’s Christmas Party, held Dec. 16 at Wintersville Fire and Rescue, was another huge success. All those attending enjoyed the sing-along with guitarist Kenny Wells and danced with elf Maria, Frosty and Mrs. Claus before the arrival of Santa and Rudolph. Children received a free photo with Santa; gift bags of toys; a hat, glove and scarf set; and a goodie bag of fruit, coupons and a toy.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their generous donations and ask that all reading this will patronize the businesses — without these merchants and caring citizens, this annual event would not be possible: American Legion Post 5557; Tri-State Financial Services; Signs Ltd.; Daily Insurance Agency; Neidengard’s Harley-Davidson; Wintersville Fire Department; General Contracting; Sterling’s Auto Body and Paint; FOP Lodge 97; village of Wintersville; First Choice America Federal Credit Union; Quik Mart and More; State Park Motors Inc.; Wintersville Women’s Club; L&J Bowers Inc.; Howard Bowers Contracting Co.; attorney James T. Abrams; Stephen B. Spurlock, DBA State Farm Insurance; Colonial Baptist Church; Dunlope-Shorac Funeral Homes; Arby’s; Wendy’s; Giannamore’s Pizza; B&B Screen Printing; Mr. Key; Everhart-Bove Funeral Service; King’s Family Restaurant; Snack Brothers; Dr. William Grant; Ray’s Pizza; Snyder Tire Center; First National Bank of Pennsylvania; Wintersville Police Department; DaPeppino; P.E.R.I. Chapter 9; and Wal-Mart Distribution Center 7017.

Caring citizens include Charles and Hilda Cowser; Ronald and Kathy Stinard; Michael and Vicky McQuistion; Pat and Vickie Forte; T. Hayes and Bonnie Sanders; Edith Snodgrass; Jack Kearney; Richard and Beverly Wyman; Jerry and Eileen Krupinski; Arthur, Barbara and Robbie Gibbons; William and Mary Edwards; Dorette Boylan; John and Suzanne Synodinos; Barbara A. Steele; Christine Antonelli; Ernest and Lynne Caldrone; Frank and Kathryn Cole; Mary Markis; Thomas and Ina Antinone; Daniel Bove; Gary and Deborah Babaryk; James and Joyce Kirkpatrick Jr.; Thomas and Bernadine Mieczkowski; Gloria J. Polk; Betty Jane Sparr; Rose Karabaic; Joanne and Russell Campbell; Daniel and MaryBeth Wilson; Marlene and Joseph Boni; John and Rose DeFrank; Imogene Louk; and several anonymous donors.

I would like to extend a special thank you to a hard-working crew of volunteers: Von Michael; Cindy Harda; Kelli Knight; members of the Wintersville Volunteer Fire Department; Kathleen “Cass” Miles; John Platzer; Lou Vandeborne; Ed Laman; Teresa Laman; Mark Morrow; John Brodie; Matt Harda; Bob Merriman; Pat Bozich; Barb Mankowski; and Maria Harda. Music and band instruments were provided by Kenny Wells; and, a special thanks to Cindy Harda for the beautiful scenery.

These people prove that the joy of living is in the giving.

We hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year. Mark your calendars for next Dec. 14 — that’s the date of next year’s annual Ray Laman Christmas Party.

Pamela Damis