To the editor:
The 33rd-annual Ray Laman Children's Community Christmas Party was held Dec. 15 at the Wintersville Volunteer Fire Department. This year, we had some late arrivals, which brought the total children attendance to 182. Adults and children who attended the event enjoyed the musical entertainment of Kenny Wells and dancing with Mrs. Claus, elves, Rudolph and Frosty. The children were given a gender-specific bag of toys and a goodie bag of fruit and candy.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our many donors and ask that anyone reading this support these merchants and thank the caring citizens if you know them - without their donations, this event would not be possible: American Legion Post 557; Tri-State Financial Services; Sterling's Auto Body and Paint Inc.; Wintersville Volunteer Fire Department; Neidengard's Harley-Davidson Inc.; Ossio and Mason Inc. CPAs; First Choice America; Dunlope-Shorac Funeral Homes; Steel Valley Charities (DBA State Park Motors); Daily Insurance Agency; Stylus Inc. (DBA Giannamore's Pizza); Dr. Thomas Brown, DDS Inc.; DaPeppino Inc.; James T. Abrams, attorney at law; Signs Limited LLC; Wendy's; Wintersville Women's Club; PERS; L&J Bowers; Howard Bowers Contracting Co. Inc.; FOP Lodge 97; Pownall Contracting; Colonial Baptist Church; First National Bank; Ray's Pizza; B&B Screen Printing; Village of Wintersville; J&J's Bar; American Pure Water Systems; Mrs. Key; Arby's; Snack Brothers; King's Family Restaurant; Riesbeck's Food Stores; M-S Detailing; Quick Stop Foods; LB Services; General Contractor; Quick Mart and More (DBA Valero Truck Stop); Wal-Mart Distribution Center 7017; Richard and Beverly Wyman; Hilda Cowser; Barbara A. Steele; Richard and Cathy Happ; Jerry and Eileen Krupinski; Jack Kearney; Edith Snodgrass; Ronald and Cathy Stinard; Gary R. Folden; Arthur and Barbara Gibbons; James Kiefer; John and Suzanne Synodinos; Pat and Vicki Forte; T. Hayes and Bonnie Sanders; William and Mary Edwards; Dorette Boylan; and the many anonymous donors.
I would also like to thank our Santa's Helpers, who gave their valuable time, effort and hard work preparing and organizing this year's event: John Brodie, Kelly Green, Kelli Knight, Kerry DiDomanico, Mark Morrow, Paula Hendricks, Von Michael, Margaret Artman, Pat Bozich, Destiny Pawlin, Chloe Fristick, Nick Damis II, Roxie from PNC Bank, Becky Morrow, Autumn Knight and Megan Miller. We received much praise this year, and several thank-you notes -this makes all the hours of work well worthwhile.
The donors and volunteers prove that the joy of living is in the giving. On behalf of the Ray Laman staff, I would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and happy, healthy new year. Keeping those jingle bells polished, we hope to see many more smiling faces next year.
Chair, Ray Laman