Season of Giving
Only 17 days to Christmas. While Christmas is known by many as the season of presents and holiday cheer, this week, it also was known for more. My Ashland Rotary email told me the names that were giving their time ringing the bell to help raise money for those less fortunate. I also was thrilled to serve breakfast with our favorite Santa Claus this past Saturday at the Winter Wonderland Breakfast with Santa. It has been a wonderful time in our area.
Last night was one the largest Business After Hours of the Year at Our Lady of Bellefonte Centre. This Holiday Business After Hours is always one of the best times to celebrate the season with friends and the business community. I personally want to thank the staff of OLBH for their dedication and hard work.
Yesterday was also a significant date in our history. 76 years ago, was the date which will live in infamy for the United States. 2,403 Americans were killed that day and another 1,178 wounded. 15 Medals of Honor, 51 Navy Crosses, and 53 Silver Stars were earned for bravery that day. It is only fitting that in 2017 this date is also then we celebrated the opening of a new US Army Recruitment Center on Greenup Avenue. This community has always answered the call to serve the country. Yesterday, that call just got a little easier. Thank you to the men and women that have served this country and paid the price for freedom.
On a lighter note, Sunday the 17th is the last day to visit Santa in Central Park. He has to get back to the North Pole and get ready for his big night. Those of you that have been nice, better hold on a few more days!!!!! Karaoke with Santa was also a big hit last night. Imagine coming together with kids and families for pop, candy, and pizza, and, of course, singing the songs of the season and a few others as well. Thank you for the time and effort to help everyone in this community to have a Merry Christmas.
I also want to thank my Board of Directors for our meeting this week. We built the budget and had a first reading on how we plan to do it again next year. This is the best time of the year to give and help others have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
—Tim Gibbs, Ashland Alliance President and CEO