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Community rallies to make '08 Springathon a success

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By The Staff

The Kershaw Chamber of Commerce Executive Board would like to thank the many people who worked together to make this year’s Springathon a success.

The Kershaw News Era and The Lancaster News were both vitally important in getting the advertising we needed printed. Year after year, their staffs work with us in promoting our event.

Our corporate sponsors, the town of Kershaw and the John T. Stevens Foundation, have provided major funding for the Springathon unfailingly each year. These donations allow us to stage an event we can be proud of. I’d like to recognize our other sponsors.

Also important to mention are the businesses that donated gift certificates or items to be used, mainly in the cash machine. Please make note of all of them, listed below and patronize their businesses.

Center Grove Baptist Church members were up early, providing coffee and biscuits to those setting up the area. Allen, Sherie and Caleb Russell, Brooke Fletcher, Ed Jones, and I assembled the canopies and the stage, with the help of Scott Whaley and Steve Miller.

Terranee Strater led our Fun Walk to begin the day. Bottled water was provided by KCMC. Our secretary, Sherie Russell, made sure all of the monetary items were ready and in order. The group of board members, along with our volunteers, watched over the children’s amusements. We could not have had a successful day without their help.

Volunteers Scott Whaley, Steve and Allison Miller and Donna Jackson pitched in anywhere they were needed. David Kellin and I staged a Deal or No Deal game.

Holly and David Woods placed our food and craft vendors in pre-designated spaces after handling applications and fees.

Kim Forrest handled our Miss Springathon pageant, with pre-event help from Sheila Hinson and Joyce Adams. Windstream Communications set up its green truck display, handing out T-shirts and other advertising items.

We want to thank Pat Coates for giving her time to emcee our Kershaw’s Got Talent contest.

Pinnacle Amusements has provided amusement rides for us for several years. Pinnacle Vice President Dave Fisher always accommodates our specific needs.

Our local department of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and Lancaster County EMS provided us with a visible presence all day.

Our stage was lent to us by Andrew Jackson Middle School.

Events taking place on this stage were accompanied by Allen Russell, who manned the sound system, as he has for numerous years. His son assisted him throughout the day.

The town of Kershaw provided trash cans and pickup of the refuse. First Baptist Church, the Presbyterian Church and Lancaster County Natural Gas Authority gave us the use of their green spaces.

If I have omitted someone, please forgive me. All of the efforts of our community should be praised. On behalf of the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce Executive Board, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Our sponsors, in no particular oder were First Palmetto Savings Bank, Founders Federal Credit Union, Smalls Food Store, Gus’ House of Pizza, Kershaw County Medical Center, First Citizens Bank, Kershaw Hardware, attorney Robert W. Davis and Williams Financial.

Merchants who donated prizes were Joe’s Florist, Kathy’s Garden of Eat’n, Gus’s House of Pizza, Family Woodcraft and Florist, Expressions, Bailey’s Pottery, Brenda Kays Cafe, Bantam Chef, Sheilas hair Designs.

Gail Rogora is the organizer of Kershaw’s Springathon.

Editor’s note: Brenda Kays Cafe was destroyed by fire Tuesday night.