As I write this article New Year's Eve is fast approaching and I sit here smiling from ear to ear thinking about the success the Dayton Civic Club has enjoyed for the year 2016. Wow, what a great community of giving and caring people. We are truly blessed.
For those who attended Light Up Dayton this year, you already know it was a huge success. With the exception of the rain at the monument, it went on without a hitch. We enjoyed over 350 children each receiving stocking stuffers, a present, a book, pizza, drinks and chips as well as unlimited arts and craft ornaments. Our ever so faithful Santa arrived in style with sirens announcing his arrival. Thanks to the Bellevue Dayton Fire Department for serving as our gracious hosts. Santa (Dennis Ashford) was in full form being jolly and bright, Mrs. Claus (Catherine Hamilton-Hicks) was beautiful and elegant, and Rudolph (Cam Miller) was very energetic, dancing the day away. Who knew Rudolph had such talent and energy?
Our Light Up Ceremony at the Town Center was a little wet, but was still well attended as we enjoyed carols from the NKCAC pre-school children, the Lincoln School Chorus and The East Baptist Dayton Church choir. Cassidy Cornett opened the ceremony with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem, Brian Spradlin gave a wonderful invocation and Ben Baker read “The Night Before Christmas” to all the kids. The Dayton High School Band performed and Mayor Virgil Boruske took charge of the count down on the lighting of the Town Center for all to enjoy! Mrs. Lisa Klette and the National Honor Society served up much needed hot chocolate and cookies for everyone. Unfortunately, due to the weather we were unable to light the Wish Lanterns but will continue with this tradition as weather permits.
Once again, the Dayton Civic Club could not have done this without your help with donations and volunteering. I would like to thank the following who donated either money or items that helped us fulfill all of our needs: Hansman's Corner Market, The Roadmen, Avenue Pharmacy, Riverside Marketplace, Boruske Brothers Collision Center, Smitty's Sports Bar, Woodcraft Mfg., Paula Asch, Amber Serveld, Jeff and Layne Haas, Fran and Jerry Wetterich, Mary Kallendorf, Larry Heitzman, The Trentman Family, The Carr Family, Sandy Trutschel, Shannon Drake, Pat and Bobby Crittendeon, Bill and Ginny Burns, Brenda Wiseman, Rose Forte, Vicki Ballard, Debbie Sickles, Nancy Hundemer, The Dayton Eagles, Donna Thornton, Tom and Melody Dilts, Fessler's aka Pasquales, Marcos Pizza, The Campbell County Library and Half Price Books. In addition, we received a $20 bill in the mail from an anonymous donor; whoever you are, we thank you! Every single donation was used wisely and we thank you all for your support and the children of our community especially thank you.
The following volunteers were once again in full force and without them we would not get through all of our events; Jessica Lovins, Tracey Spradlin, Lisa Seyberth, Becky Mays, Carol Daughetee, Judy Vollner, Polly Hollingsworth, Fran Wetterich, Colleen Carr, Melissa Houston, Jane Hebel, Cindy Moore, Tiffany Gifford, Nathan Gifford, Eugene Hamblin, Jennifer Hamblin, Beth Hauser, Michael Hauser, Maddie Gifford, Kenzie Gifford, Amber Menning, Pat Crittendon, Bobby Crittendon, Ben Baker, Bill Burns, Denny Lynn, Craig Cornett, Beth Nyman, Virgil Boruske and of course my right hand and sometimes my left hand and one of the hardest workers I know Donna Leger. From the bottom of my heart, I thank all of you for everything you do. Please forgive me if I missed anyone, I try to keep track because I appreciate you all so much.
I am looking forward to what 2017 will bring this great group of people. If you would like to join the Dayton Civic Club, our next meeting is January 19, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m at St. John's Church, 8th and O'Fallon. We could always use some fresh new ideas and all of the energy you can give. See you there.
Happy New Year!
Tammy Cornett, Chairman
Dayton Civic Activities Board
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