Valley makes Kids Day a success

Letter to the Editor.

  • Friday, October 3, 2008 4:05am
  • Opinion

I would like to thank the following individuals, businesses and organizations for their time and enthusiastic participation. Without their efforts, this first annual Kid’s Day America would not have had the tremendous impact on our community that it did. Over 400 people attended and 135 children were fingerprinted, given ID cards and received their first spinal screening.

My first thanks go to my awesome staff: Theresa Harper, Rosie Lynch and Tracey Sanservino who worked tirelessly for weeks, above and beyond the call of duty, because they believe in the cause of helping children achieve health, safety and environmental awareness. I could have never hosted this event without their passion and commitment.

My special thanks and appreciation extends to: Rhonda Neeb and her family for the design and printing of 20,000 flyers; Domino’s Pizza for over 45 large pizzas delivered fresh every 15 minutes; Dr. Cynthia Delano and staff for dental screening; Dr. Betty Martin for spinal screening; Judy Leonard at the North Bend Police Department for her support and delivery of information and the King County Sheriff’s Department for providing the ID cards; Officer Mike Hasting for fingerprinting 135 children on the ID cards; city of North Bend Councilwoman Elaine Webber for attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony; the North Bend Chamber of Commerce for endorsing and attending the event; James Gabowski, teacher at Mount Si High, who took all the children’s photos for ID cards; Ken Rustad’s State Farm office for providing the Good NeighBear and 911 simulator; Eastside Fire &AMP Rescue and Medic One teams for their engines, helping us close the road and demonstrations; Sue Studhalter for getting the Sparky costume to our station; the Department of Natural Resources North Bend and Enumclaw for the Smokey Bear costume; Karen Blakken from the Issaquah DARE office for drug awareness info; Washington State Patrol office Thomas Lundin and his partner for car seat safety demos; state representatives Cheryl Pflug and Glenn Anderson for attending the ceremony; the Valley Record for their coverage and photography of the event; Alan Tepper and members of the Panther Pride unicycle team for their performance; Empowerment award recipients: the Neylands, Nancy Byrnes, Judy Leonard and Al Tepper; Singletrack Cycles of Snoqualmie for donating the BMX bicycle grand prize; Karen Goldenberger for her artwork on posters and face painting; Maureen Arseneau, Kay Norman, Karen Jensen and their children for providing the Petting Zoo; Boy Scouts Christopher and Stephen Anderson and Christopher Kitter for all their help; Pete Godson, Bill Beadle, Butch Harper and Steven Neeb for wearing animal costumes; Mary Lamar-Likes for being such a great volunteer, greeter and organizer; chiropractic moms Jennifer White, Melody Possinger, Kay Norman and Karen Jensen; McDonald’s and Scott’s Dairy Freeze for massive flyer distribution at their drive-through windows; Ken’s Restaurant, Jay Berry’s, North Bend Bar and Grill, Tift Haus, Big Edd’s, The Reef, El Coporal and Teriyaki Town for using Kid’s Day flyers as place mats to promote the event, and all the other businesses in our community who displayed posters in their windows; Dave Yarnchak and Pat Cutchins for photographing the event; Tara Goodson, Rachel Wright and Chelsea Barnes for inside traffic flow and help with the ID cards; Diane Perry, Kimberly Smith and Christy Elliott for helping with food and raffle; and Mike Sanservino and Larry likes for help with tables, canopies and set up.

And last but not least, thanks to all my patients and practice partners who helped to support this event by distributing flyers all over the Snoqualmie Valley!

Dr. Leslie Bedell

Agape Chiropractic Healing Center

North Bend




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