Many helped with Laman party

To the editor:

The 40th-annual Ray Laman Children’s Christmas Party, held Dec. 15 at the Wintersville Volunteer Fire Department, was another huge success. All those attending enjoyed the sing-along with guitarist Kenny Wells and danced with Frosty, Rudolph and Mrs. Claus before the arrival of Santa. Children received a free photo with Santa, gift bags of toys and a treat bag of fruit, snacks, coupons and toys.

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 557; Tri-State Financial Services; Signs Ltd. LLC; Neidengard’s Harley-Davidson; Wintersville Fire and Rescue; General Contracting; Sterling’s Auto Body and Paint; FOP Lodge 97; village of Wintersville; First Choice American Federal Credit Union; Quik Mart and More; State Park Motors Inc.; Wintersville Woman’s Club; L&J Bowers Inc.; Howard Bowers Contracting Co. Inc.; attorney James T. Abrams; Stephen B. Spurlock, State Farm Insurance; Colonial Baptist Church; Dunlope-Shorac Funeral Homes Inc.; Arby’s; Wendy’s; Giannamore’s Pizza; Wintersville Trophy Shop; Mr. Key; Everhart-Bove Funeral Service Inc.; King’s Family Restaurant; Dr. William Grant; Ray’s Pizza; DaPeppino Inc.; members of PERI Chapter 9; and Wal-Mart Distribution Center 7017.

Thanks also to caring citizens, including, Hilda Cowser; Ronald and Kathy Stinard; Michael and Mickey McQuistion; Pat and Vickie Forte; Bonnie Sanders; Edith Snodgrasss; Jack Kearney; Richard and Beverly Wyman; Jerry and Eileen Krupinski; Barbara Gibbons; William and Mary Edwards; Dorette Boylan; the Synodinos family; Barbara A. Steele; Christine Antonelli; Ernest and Lynne Caldrone; Frank and Kathryn Cole; Mary Markis; Thomas and Ina Antinone; Gary and Debbie Babaryk; James and Joyce Kilpatrick Jr.; Thomas and Bernadine Mieczkowski; Gloria Polk; Betty Jane Sparr; Rosalyn Karabaic; Joann and Russell Campbell; Daniel and MaryBeth Wilson; Marlene and Joseph Boni; John and Rose DeFrank; Jack Perkins; and several anonymous donors.

I also would like to extend a special thank you to a hard-working crew of volunteers: Von Michael; Cindy Harda; Margaret Artman; Kelli Knight; members of the Wintersville Volunteer Fire Department; Kathleen “Cass” Miles; John Platzer; Lou Vandeborne; Ed Laman; Teresa Laman; Mark Morrow; John Brodie; Wayne Harda; Barb Majewski; Patti Snider; Joe McPhail and Shawn Brodie. Music and instruments were provided by Kenny Wells. And an extra-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 will have a happy and prosperous new year — and be sure to mark Dec. 14 for next year’s annual Ray Laman Children’s Christmas Party.

Pamela Damis