Thanks for great ‘Chili’ opener
To the editor:
What kind of people choose to give up 15 evenings during the last year for planning meetings and then spend a Saturday outdoors during a Kansas winter? People who care about the well being of Baldwin's kids. People like the volunteers who made Saturday's "Chili" Open Golf Tournament and Chili feed a tremendous success for the Baldwin Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
A big event like the "Chili" Open wouldn't have happened without a dedicated volunteer committee made up of Larry Colson, Connie Neuenswander, Kirby Hayes, Chris Griggs, Brandon Heck, Toniann Granzow, Jessica Harris, Melissa Howard, Mike Grosdidier and Bert Hitchcock. These individuals deserve our thanks for many things including developing the "Chili" Open concept, preparing the local golf course, arranging for food and beverages, contacting sponsors and promoting the event.
But even the best of event planning doesn't insure success sponsor funding is crucial. I want to extend a special thank you to the following sponsors of the first "Chili" Open. Platinum Sponsors: Baldwin State Bank, Heritage Tractor, Precision Dent Removal, Sprint, Kappa Kappa Gamma Douglas County Alumni. Gold Donors: Advanced Homecare, Barker Family Pharmacy, Classic Eagle Distributing, Dave's Auto Parts, First United Methodist Church, Harris Construction, Java Central Thursday Coffee Gang, Kansas State Bank, Kappa Sigma, Laird Noller Ford, Lawrenz Construction, The Lodge, Rockers Excavating, Rodrock Chiropractic, Stephens Real Estate, Sunflower Outdoor and Bike. Silver Donors: Alvamar golf course, Baldwin Junction Veterinary Clinic, Baldwin City Companion Animal Hospital, Baldwin City Market, Baldwin City Recreation Commission, C Designs, Eagle Bend Golf Course, John Langley Cabinets, Quilters Paradise, Ruth Payne, Roberts Drug, Rochester Auto Supply, Santa Fe Market, Schwartz Pest Control, Sonic Drive In, Subway, Vinland Valley Nursery, Waymire Plumbing, Whitney's Creative Hair Design. Additional support came from Susan Hoffman, Baker University, The Mothers Club and numerous individual contributors.
Thanks to the generous support from area businesses and 40 warmhearted golfers, over $5,600 was raised to support local Big Brother/Big Sister programs. This money will stay in the Baldwin area to support local kids who desperately need to be connected with an adult friend/mentor. The local Big Brother/Big Sister office currently has seven kids waiting to be matched with their very own BIG, so if you or someone you know would like to learn more about getting matched with a child, please contact Chris Griggs at 594-2594.
As a relative newcomer to the Baldwin area, it was very rewarding to meet and work with so many caring individuals. It's great to know that my family now lives in a community with such a big heart.
"Chili" Open Committee Chairman