Letters to the Editor: Thank you goes out to many

To the Editor:
May 16, 2014

To the Editor:

Lebanon, Tenn., you really came through last Saturday. Because of your generosity and willingness to help others, the post office in our town collected more than 13,500 pounds of food. This was donated to the Wilson County Community Help Center and will go a long way to feeding our neighbors here at home who don’t always have enough to eat.

There were volunteers everywhere you looked last week. Letter carriers, city and rural, passed out cards and plastic bags to spread the word about the food drive. Hundreds of people went to their kitchens and found food to donate and left it in or beside their mailbox. The carriers then had to work extra hard Saturday to deliver mail and pick up bags of food.

Besides these hard working volunteers, there were many members of Crossroads Community Church on N. Maple Street who volunteered to pick up food, meet carriers on their route and lessen their load, help unload carriers at the help center and sort and box food, too.

The Wilson County Sheriff’s Department, officers and inmates, volunteered to help unload vehicles and sort and box food, too. Help Center employees and board members, retired carriers, my daughter and her cousin – the list of volunteers goes on and on. They all worked together, all with one goal in mind, let’s help our neighbor, the person we pass on the street, the child who goes to school with our children. And we did it.

Job well done Lebanon.

Millie Heston

Lebanon Post Office letter carrier


Evening of Art, Worship benefit a success

To the Editor:

On a cool, breezy evening of April 4, Adonai Intl, Inc., a nonprofit arts school, held its second annual Evening of Art and Worship benefit at the historic Capitol Theatre in Lebanon. From beginning to end, the event was a collage of exquisite setup and breathtaking presentations of different art forms including music, dance, drama and exhibits celebrating the Lord, all played out with beauty and grace by students. 

This benefit helped raise needed support for our programs providing professional training in the visual and performing arts for children of all backgrounds, abilities and income. 

We would like to express our immense appreciation for our event sponsors, whose generosity has resulted in thanksgiving to God Almighty.

Diamond Level ($3,000-plus)

The Dutch Touch Painting Inc.

Emerald Level ($1,000)

Businda Construction, Family and Friends, Brewer, Krause, Brooks, Chastain & Burrow, PLLC and Attorney Jason A. Lee, Wagoner Family, in loving memory of Quentin Sam.

Ruby Level ($750)

Businda Construction, Family and Friends.

Sapphire Level ($500)

Brent-Baldwin.com The Art of The Proposal.

Opal Level Sponsor ($250)

HouseLens.com and GenerationsOfGrace.us.

Thank you for helping us to share our gratitude and excitement.

Adonai International Board of Directors

Mt. Juliet


Whip Crackin’ Rodeo raises more than $40K for charities

To the Editor:

It’s hard to believe that five years of fun and excitement provided by the Charity Whip Crackin’ Rodeo has come and gone. This year, we were blessed with a beautiful weekend and sponsors who care greatly for our community and people who need help to survive these times.

Without sponsorship support, events like the rodeo could not be presented to our community. We are able to enjoy quality family entertainment, while providing an economic impact and needed funds to support our local charities.

This year, we were able to provide a very special day to more than 300 special needs children with a day filled full of activities and enjoyment. The experience included lots of games and prizes. The children had the opportunity to ride horses, pet numerous farm animals, and see a few of the events, which are held during the rodeo. Michelle Hill’s Empower Me Day Camp was on hand to make sure the Special Events Day was well organized and a huge success. Michelle adds that special touch to any event.

Once again our local businesses stepped up to support our community. Our platinum sponsors were Bates Ford and Wilson Bank & Trust. Our gold sponsors were Bays Southern Bread, Boot Barn, Capitol Theatre, Civil Site Design Group, Craighead Construction, Goodall Homes, John Greer’s State Farm Insurance, Johnson Controls, Lochinvar Corp., LoJac, Manheim Auto Sales, Permobil, Rose Tire, THW Insurance Services, Tickets Nashville, Visionary Design Group and Wilson County Chevrolet Buick GMC Hyundai.

A special thanks needs to be expressed to all the volunteers, media, the James E. Ward Ag Center employees and the Lone Star Rodeo family. Thank you once again to all the sponsors.

Through everyone’s support, we will once again be able to distribute an estimated $40,000-plus to local charities, which support so many in our city.

Plans are being made for next year, so if you weren’t able to attend this past year we look forward to seeing you April 24-25, 2015.

Please support those who support our community.

Philip and Darlene Craighead



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