To the editor:
The Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance would like to thank the many businesses, organizations and volunteers that helped with the annual Holiday Lighting.
This is a very large, collaborative event that only works because so many people contribute time and resources to make this a great event for our community:
Ark Enterprises - 2012 GFDGA ornament.
Barb Schultz, Fort Dodge Public Library - Christmas and holiday stories.
Becker Florists - Materials for outdoor ornaments and for the great wagon rides.
Brian Becker - Wagon ride driver.
Bloomers - Hot chocolate.
Buckroyd Studio - Artwork for GFDGA 2012 Christmas ornament and cards.
Candies and More - Providing Santa and Mrs. Claus and for additional expert help.
Cindy Mulroney - Volunteer.
Committee members: Dee and Bob Clapp, Susan and Jim Gill, Nancy Nevins, Ryan Maehl, Terry Cook, Jeff Becker.
Dave Brown Photography - Provided photos of children with Santa.
Dee and Bob Clapp - Many volunteer hours planning and designing the ornament and card.
Downtown merchants - Decorating their windows.
FDSH cheerleaders - Helping with wagon rides and children's activities and for braving the weather while helping with the wagon rides.
FDSH Choir - Beautiful music.
Fort Dodge Fire Department - Delivering Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Fareway - Baking hundreds of cookies for the event.
Frontier Communications - Provided employees who installed thousands of lights on the tree and providing hundreds of Fareway cookies..
Harmony Brigades - Beautiful music.
Hawkeye Cleaning - Cleaned and polished the Wahkonsa after Holiday Lighting.
Laura Crowl - very special Mrs. Claus.
Mary Beth Frischmeyer and Lisa Reisner - Wonderful mothers who helped with the wagon rides.
Mayor Matt Bemrich -Lighting the tree.
Mike Mulroney - Wagon driver.
Messenger - Great publicity for the event.
Noon Lions Club - Helped planning the event, serving and cleanup.
STARS Program - Served hot chocolate and cookies.
SSMID - Financial supporter of the event.
St. Edmond cheerleaders - Helping with wagon rides and children's activities and for braving the weather.
St. Edmond Choir - Beautiful music
Steve Matke - The wonderful city of Fort Dodge employee who provides professional advice and service to ensure lights work and that the tree stays lighted all season.
Sue's Draperies -Costumes
Three Eagles Communications - Publicity and music for the event and for Bobby Knight for being a great MC the evening of the event.
The Wahkonsa Apartments - Allowing our activities to be held in its beautiful building.
Webster County Conservation - Wagon for wagon rides.
Greater Fort Dodge