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Dear Editor,
    It is with great thanks that Southwest Michigan Artists’ Association (SMAA) members appreciate your support of our organization. The proceeds will be used to help SMAA promote art education and appreciation in the surrounding communities. We thank you for attending and giving us your support. Your contribution makes a difference.
    A great time was had at the Paw Paw Lions Club with dinner prepared by Premier Catering, cake and cupcakes donated by Garden Griddle and Heather Ngo. Promotion was partially underwritten by Vineyard Press. Pizzas for the volunteer staff were donated by Amore Pizzeria and Paw Paw Pizza Hut, catalog assembly by Paw Paw UPS, and table cloths loaned by Paw Paw Area Chamber of Commerce. The bidding paddles were on loan from the Paw Paw Rotary Club. All items in the auction were generously donated by art lovers, artists, and community supporters.
    As a major supporter, PNC Bank presented $1,000 to Claire Pelletier, this year’s scholarship winner, for her education at the University of Michigan.The award was accepted on her behalf by Dan Pelletier, her father. Standing in for PNC was Vince Marsilio, Chairman of the SMAA Board.
    Tables were sponsored by West Michigan Carpet, SMAA Board of Directors, and Arbor Financial Credit Union. Generous cash contributions were received by the Carnegie Garden Club, Chemical Bank and many individual supporters.
    Thank you again for your support of the arts in our area.
    Ginger Smietana
    Fundraising Leader


Dear Editor,
    Van Buren County United Way would like to thank everyone who supported our 7th Annual Stuff the Bus Food Pantry Drive on Nov. 3.  Winter is just around the corner and as many families face difficulties with keeping up with higher utilities bills and feeding their children when schools close for the holidays, they will be looking to our local food pantries for assistance.
    We are most grateful to the many individuals and businesses who stepped up to help us this year.  The grocery store managers at Harding’s, Wagoner’s, Family Fare and Village Market, as well as Dollar General in Covert, welcomed our efforts and posted signs an-nouncing our event. All our local school districts agreed to provide buses and drivers from throughout the county volunteered their time to drop off and pick up buses.
    Troops from Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, local Honor Society students and faith-based youth groups staffed the en-trances of the grocery stores along with others, greeting shoppers and handing out food pantry wish lists. Many also helped shoppers carry their bags, and helped load donated items for delivery to the food pantries. United Way Board members showed their support by visiting the sites and greeting participants.
    In addition, we sincerely thank Jake Berent of WWMT Newschannel 3, for their coverage of Stuff the Bus.
    And of course, we want to thank the many, many citizens of our community who gave so generously - from caring seniors to little children who brought donations from their piggy banks. The bags and bags of food filling every seat on every bus are a testament to what a great community we live in.
    We thank you all - you are the embodiment of United Way's mission: LIVE UNITED.
    Vera E. Tanier-Sebree
    Executive Director
    Van Buren County United Way


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