Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Letters to the Editor

October 22, 2013

Safety Fair a success

Dear Editor:

The 6th Gilliland Howe Children’s Health and Safety Fair was a well-attended event with several sporting events, and being the first weekend of fall break for all the local kids we still welcomed a total of 650 people.

Attendees enjoyed a very warm fun family day with many events, information, food, and games. Not only did we have this years fair in a great big new location at the Decatur County Family YMCA but we added a few new events thanks to the YMCA. The first kids fun run was well attended in each of the 4 catagories and they also had a lot of famiies take advantage of the Free swimming that was also courtesy of the YMCA from 1 to 4 p.m.

A few people to thank for all of their help, without them this event just could not happen: Braiden Ryle, John and Lori Windham, Carl Hellmich, Rob Porter, Pam Hersley and girls, Ruth Vanderpohl, June Ryle, Tammi and Wade Ryle, Natalie Acra and kids, Kalynne Asche, Amy Klene, Diane Hart and all the YMCA staff, Rachel Sullivan and IVY TECH with your many Student volunteers and also the wonderful cookies you brought, Ken and Angie Dilkes Corner Store, Miss Decatur County, Miss Tree City, Decatur County Board of Health and your staff that gave away 100 free flu shots, Our face painters Sandy Storm and Mellissa Shook, Gameplan, WTRE, The Greensburg Daily News, and all the exhibitors!!!

This year with the help of our sponsors we raised $5600. We were able to give away 300 Event shirts, 300 free lunches, and 23 gifts including: Microsoft Surface Tablet, Ipod Nano, Keurig Coffee Maker, Leap Frog Tag Reader, White Convertible Car, Golf Set, Bikes, Playskool Camera, Little Tike Car, Hot Wheels Track,and much more. All proceeds from this event go directly back into the event and give aways. Please say thank you to our sponsors when you see them: First Federal, Urgent Care, CAC, Decatur County Memorial Hospital, YMCA, Napoleon State Bank, United Families, One Community One Family, F.I.R.E., HR Block, Tims Wrecker Service, Tom Sibbitt, Animal Medical Hospital, Decatur County REMC, Stevens Legal Group, Decatur County Community Foundation, Gecom, Mayhugh’s Lawn Care, Stone’s Napa, City of Greensburg, Greensburg Fire Department, PAX- Teresa Metz, The Log Cabin Florist, Family Dental Care of Greensburg, Farm Bureau Insurance- Ken Ewing, Burkhart Automotive, Don Meyer Ford, Kelly Jameson Advocare, Nick Thackery and Sons, O’Mara Foods, Farm Bureau Insurance- Mike Conk, Miller Equipment, ETC, St. Marys Catholic School, Decatur County Sheriff- Greg Allen, MD Wise, Expressions Florist, Standard Fertilizer, F.O.P., Pampered Paws, Precious Cargo, Prime Lending- Gene Cooney, WTRE, Ford Abstract, Gauck Chiropractic, and Mainsource Bank.

Thank you again so much for your support. We will see you next year!

Leslie Thackery,


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