On behalf of David Mather, Administrator of the Gulfport Public Library, myself, and all the kids of Pinellas County, I shout out a gratitutional applause for sharing in the responsibility for the education of our youth.
Dia over at Neptunes, thank you for spearheading the restaurants' contributions of food, beverages, services and donations for the workshop dates and for the raffle drawings.
Denise over at Botiki, you rock, and I mean that in various ways, all our thanks!
Lori Rosso, thanks so much for everything!
Michele Greene, thank you. You're the bomb!
Angela and Biff at the Beach Bazaar, grateful you are here and on board, thank you!
Gail Biron, City of Gulfport, all the fabulous staff at the Gulfport Library and Mayor Yakes, Thank you one and all!
My friend Vionette, you flyer-posting mad woman, much thanks!
Cherlene over at the Patch, for both your professional and personal contributions we thank you!
Joe over at Olympus Printing, amazing job on those banners! Thank you!
Lil Gibson, Scott Shwarts, Melissa Lowe, Alex Small, I can't thank you enough!
The Gabber team extraordinaire, for spreading the word, many thanks!
To the Regions Bank team, we thank you for your support!
And most heartfelt, to all the teachers, principals and superintendents of Pinellas County, a standing ovation for teaching, supporting and encouraging our youth to participate in the contest. We appreciate your efforts and respect your vital investment in our youth and so, in our community. Thank you! Thank you!
To the contest judges, who shall remain unnamed at this time, our deep thankful appreciation for your time and participation.
Stay tuned because the list of gratitude grows daily. Remember though, we need everybody to make this happen. A dollar or two, even just your coin change dropped into one of the donation jars, can mean kids in our village will have books they can read at the library and at their school, so don't be shy, drop it in!
Be a part of the First Annual Gulfport Youth Book Writing Contest, "In Our Own Words", and turn a kid into a reader! Please and thank you!
We still have the Event Account at Regions bank should anyone wish to make contributions directly into to the fund.
Please mark November 17th, 3rd Saturday from 4-6pm on your calendars. Come to the Awards Night.
For anyone who should have been on the list but isn't, we offer you our greatest thanks for not only your contributions but for your patience with our shortfall. We will list you twice in the next blog.