We have all been told it takes a village to raise a child. That is why many of us have moved to Greenwood to raise our children. Well, it also takes a community to beautify, gentrify and maintain the park that is in the pinnacle of that village. I would like to thank our amazing community for the outpouring of support for Bell Park. We were blessed with excellent weather for the 9th annual Fall Festival on Sunday November 3. I think the numerous people that attended this free family fun event had a great time.

The reason for my letter though is to show my sincere gratitude and appreciation to all who helped with the first ever Bell Park Foundation benefit dinner. Our guest speaker was Tim Ernst. His presentation helped solidify why we live in one of the most beautiful and picturesque areas in our country.

Thank you to the more than 140 people who attended. Thank you to party planner extraordinaire MaryAnn Sandifer as well as Tina Skaggs, JoElla Skaggs,and Jill Wagoner who fashioned the stunning atmosphere. Thank you to Tina Skaggs for catering a delicious banquet. Thank you to the Boy Scouts under the direction of Rod Powell for serving us. Thank you to the local artists Sharla Derry, Terri Hicks, Morgan Skaggs, Martha Efurd and Lorrie Bridges for donating beautiful artwork pieces for the silent auction. Thank you to Steve Ratterree and his entire family, Rozanne Sterling, Sarah Turner, Brandon Tate, Martha Mizell, Theresa Burchett and Cinda Bell for all of their volunteer work. Thank you to our corporate table sponsors AOG, Steve Ratterree, Walters/Gaston/Allison/Parker Law Firm, Johnson Dermatology, James Bell and the Osborne Agency.

The evening was also the official kick off for our brick campaign for the dedication walk to generate funds to complete the amphitheater seating. Please see the attached letter for more information. To date, we have raised $18,000 towards our goal of $385,000. Since Bell Park Foundation is a 501c3 organization, all of your contributions will be tax deductible.

Please consider a brick in honor or in memory of someone with your Christmas gift planning or tax-deductible donations for this year. For more information, please visit our website www.friendsofbellpark.com or contact one of our board members. Our board members are Cinda Bell, Dr. Lee Johnson, Katie LeJong, Troy Gaston and LaDonna Wilkinson.

Thank you again. Have a skintastic day,

Sandy Johnson

Bell Park Foundation Fundraising Chair