Thanks for participating in bus tour fund-raiser

November 30, 2004

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the Danville Fire Department, I wish to thank those participants in Saturday's Tour of the Music Headliners Buses, a fundraiser for our local Christmas Toy Drive 2004. This event brought in three truckloads of new toys to be distributed to area children, as well as boosting our fund by $3,700 in one day's time, a record amount for a local event.

Our first and biggest thanks goes to Eddie and Tracy Montgomery who, for the second year in a row, spent a few weeks planning and devoted a rare day off to make this fund-raiser work. The Montgomery family planned and worked hard arranging and coordinating the many contacts necessary to bring together a lot of resources in a very short period of time. Their enthusiasm and dedication kept the cold winds and rain clouds away just long enough for this to be a tremendous success.


Our thanks go out to the bus drivers and support teams for Montgomery-Gentry, Kenny Chesney, Britney Spears, and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill for bringing in the luxurious state-of-the-art buses that were displayed to a dedicated crowd of music fans. The consideration of the drivers, management, and artists in allowing these vehicles to be opened to a grateful public deserves our most sincere applause.

Many thanks go out to treasurer Ronny Mullins and the Brothers Code Motorcycle Club for providing ample manpower as guides and support help for this endeavor. The Brothers Code offers their support time and again to the Toys Program, and without their effort our department couldn't have had the success we did.

Thanks also go to Perryville Baptist Sunday School for providing concessions as well as much appreciated warm drinks for our firefighters standing in the icy rain near the end of the event. Hardee's of Junction City is greatly appreciated for donating hot dog buns, cups, ice, and napkins to the Perryville Baptist cause.

We are most appreciative of John Drake and Tommy McGirr of the Danville-Boyle County Recreation Department for the use of the soccer field parking area for this event. Tommy and John worked hand in hand with our firefighters in planning, set-up, and direction, and they deserve recognition for the fine work they do at Millennium Park year-round.

Our thanks go to Lennie Shepperson for providing and staffing the mobile command post this year, and for providing security for the funds raised for the event. We also thank the firefighters who came and participated in the event, as well as the support and guidance we received from the Danville Police Department and Boyle County EMS this year.

Mostly, we thank the people of Boyle County for making this community a shining example for the rest of the state. We consistently give and support events like these, and it seems we always make a good impression on the visitors who come from other counties and states for these special events. Danville and Boyle County provide a warm welcome to visitors from the average fan to the biggest entertainment stars, and the overall impression is of a community with heart, spirit and smiles.

The success of the Christmas Toy Drive 2004 depends so much on so many people. It is a point of pride that the people and businesses we count on year after year never seem to let us down. With Thanksgiving just a few days removed, I am so thankful to be a part of a place that does so much and means so much to so many.

Mike Thomas

Fire Chief

Danville Fire Department

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