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Lake Grove Village Day thanks offered

A heartfelt thanks to all those that made the 2008 Lake Grove Village Day (such) a big success. We are lucky to have as many giving people in Lake Grove as we do trees.

Our goal (the LGVD committee) was to provide a totally free Lake Grove community event for people of all ages. complete with music, food, kids games, history, non-profit resources, government agencies, and even antique cars. We did it! But with a lot of help:

n Over 40 vendors, government agencies, and non-profit groups showed their stuff to roughly 1,000 people.

n Free food (from many great local vendors) was given away to around 750 people (anybody need some diet Monster drinks?)

n Over 20 local entertainers shared their art with a receptive, appreciative audience.

n The West End Building got a great work out and some much needed positive usage, in my opinion.

n Our partner (the city of Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation), our title sponsor (The Bank of Oswego) and all the generous Lake Grove-level sponsors provided $6,425 in cash and over $10,000 of in-kind, donated services. Way to go, LO!

Many, many people need to be thanked; but especially:

n The LGVD committee - Janet Waggoner, Joan Quinton-Cox, Deborah Work, chaired by your's truly

n The neighborhood associations volunteers from Lake Grove, Lake Forest and Bryant NAs

n The Lake Grove Business Association for many sponsorships

n Our Emcee - Mr. Michael Buck (also the yummy brownie maker)

n The production company (SmileyNote Studios, the Work family)

n All the incredible local talent that donated their time to perform for us

n The antique car folks (Philip Quinton-Cox, Don Conklin, and Vic Keeler amongst others)

n Securing door prizes and sponsorship support (Bob Stageberg, Sara Perry)

n The staff from LO KinderCare Learning Center for providing a marvelous pre-k room!

n The volunteers of Lake Bible Church (like Jim Thwing and Joel Smith) for so many things, and a great pre-Teen Patio Games area!

n Our event partner, Parks and Rec's Kathy Kern and Mary Kelly

n The various local food vendors, government agencies, and non-profit resources that attended

n all the sponsors such as The Bank of Oswego

n And mostly the various citizens (including Scott Sparling, Barbara Zeller, Mary Turnock, and Laura Forrest) that love our community and each other enough to load tables, sweep, hang crepe paper, serve pizza, blow up balloons, etc.

Please know each and everyone of you are appreciated for your contributions, especially any of you I didn't get to mention, of which there are numerous.

Special note: A chair person(s) and many volunteers will be needed to continue this great tradition. Feel free to volunteer yourself or a loved one.

Daniel Work, who served as the 2007 and 2008 LGVD chair and reports that he is now officially retired.