LETTER: Skate park raffle supporters thanked

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By The Staff

To the editor:

The Lawrenceburg Skate Park Committee would like to give a large round of applause to Ben Carlson, editor for The Anderson News.

Thank you, Ben, for being interested and generous toward our cause.

Thank you for all of your help with skate park updates, and coverage of events including Anderson County youth who are writing essays on "Why We Need a Skate Park in Lawrenceburg," and for your generosity of donating five one-year subscriptions to The Anderson News for our raffles, held at the Burgoo Festival.

Thank you for your time and contributions in support of all our youth and citizens of Anderson County who continue to express their interest and hopes of a skate park very soon.

A big thank you, too, to all of the Lawrenceburg businesses, the Lawrenceburg Burgoo Committee, and skate park committee members who helped out in our booth at the Burgoo Festival. We appreciate your time, hard work and donations of prizes for raffles including: Ben Carlson, editor for The Anderson News, Dave and Teresa Steedly, Mitzi and Scott Brown, Helen Shyrock, Kaycie Len Carter, Tony's Barbeque Barn, Talk of the Town and Foliage Restaurants.

A special thank you to volunteers who gave of their time and services as needed including: Laura Eads, Anthony Lee, Eric Steedly, Andrew Steedly, Christy Steedly and Evan Brown.

There were also several people from out of town who discussed their skate parks and what a success they have been in their community. It was simply awesome to hear so many wonderful ideas and expressions of support from so many people visiting our booth.

I would also like to share the words of one young man about 12 years old who stopped and emptied his pockets in the donation jar.

I asked him if he wanted a chance at some prizes or his face painted and he said "no thanks" and, with a sincere heart, he said, "It's not much, but it is all the money I have in my pockets and I would give a million dollars just to have a skate park."

It touched my heart and reminded me well of just how much my son loved to skate, build ramps, learn tricks and master his skills at skating.

So, in short, thank you, young man, you know who you are and I assure you that we will continue to do what we can to make this park a reality soon.

Keep your eyes open Anderson County, the skate park is alive and making progress. We will have more great events coming soon in support of the skate park, and we appreciate your continued support.

Rhonda Carter-Schierer