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Festival’s success
rooted in support
The last Christmas Tree was placed into storage today. The fourth annual Festival of Trees was a huge success!
The Arc/Rowan wishes to thank the 49 sponsors and decorators for making this year’s event the biggest ever. To our generous corporate sponsors ó Sara Lee, Food Lion and F&M Bank ó thanks so much for the support you have given to this event and our agency. Thanks to Keith Gapen for chairing the Festival of Trees and the festival committee. Without all of you, this event wouldn’t happen. It takes numerous volunteers, and to each and every one ó thank you!
A big thank you to Steve Jarrett with Budget Truck Rentals at Superior Oil Company for donating the use of two trucks and his time to deliver the trees and to Rowan Vocational Opportunities for the donation of one truck and staff to help deliver the trees to the various locations.
The Christmas season is over, and all the trees have been boxed up for next year. It takes a lot of work to box the trees and bring them to storage. The Arc/Rowan could not have done this without the help of James and Sharon Wagner, Bill Broadway and Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hayworth. Please know how much we appreciate your help.
Publicity was magnificent ó the story in the Salisbury Post, the promotions that Downtown Salisbury Inc. provided. Almost 2,000 visitors attended the event.
The festival raises funds and enhances public awareness, advocacy, educational and recreational programs and direct services for people with developmental disabilities and their families, including Respite Care and the Summer Day Program. In addition, it provides joy and pleasure to people throughout the holiday season. Bottom line: All of your efforts make a difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities in Rowan County.
ó Shela Sapp and Jane Jackman
Salisbury
Editor’s note: Shela and Jane are the staff members for The Arc/Rowan, a Rowan County United Way Agency.
Generous neighbors
To the Forest Ridge, Brookwood and Woodbrook subdivisions in Granite Quarry: Even though the dry weather hampered our neighborhood luminary night this year, my family thanks you for all of your generous contributions. All were forwarded to the Ronald McDonald House in Winston-Salem. Our family is blessed to be living in a community that contributes and gives so generously to this yearly project. Thank you so graciously.
ó Kathy Feather and familyGranite Quarry
Meet makes a splashLast weekend RAC held a swim meet at the J.F. Hurley YMCA. It was the first one in quite a while. The parents and older swimmers did such an amazing job in running the meet. It was great to see the whole team pull together. Many parents who had children who were too old to participate gave up their Saturday afternoon to volunteer. RAC is a great organization, with great parents and a great coaching staff.
ó Jamie Knorr
Salisbury

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