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Optimist Clubs say thank you to the community

The fifth annual “Special Day for Special People”, on August 22, was another big success. The event would not have happened without the Breakfast, Noon and Evening Optimist Clubs of New Castle, along with the Hagerstown and Blue River Optimist Clubs. They served as sponsors and the driving forces behind the event. Over 40 Optimist and volunteers from throughout the community were on hand to assist. The event served anyone with cognitive or physical disabilities and their families from both Henry and Wayne County. On hand for the event providing support and assistance was DSI, Special Olympics, the Miracle League and the Miracle League Buddies, Magic with Smugger (Austin Haus), DJ Chris (DJ CWB) entertaining everyone, Rob Simmons giving rides in his Superman car, New Castle High School students (Anastasia Taylor & Caleb Supenger), the NC High School Football team (assisting with the heavy stuff), The Gentle Dentist, ABS, Buffalo Wild Wings and Gods Grain Bin. Shaved Ice was provided by Phil Hinsey and Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service Inc. while everyone had an opportunity to experience the thrill of being in the cab of a Semi by Switzer Tank Lines. The city and county were well represented with units from the New Castle Fire Department, Sheriff Department, New Castle Police Department and the New Castle Emergency Medical Service (EMS).

The five Optimist clubs are proud of their members and the additional community participants and sponsors that made the event possible. More thanks of appreciation to Charlynn Designs for all of the “Advertising Designs”, Big Bounce Inflatables and their Bounce House , Water from Cathy Crabtree, Hot Dogs by Raintree Square & hamburgers from the Hagerstown club, T-Shirts by Big Al’s Athletics and Advertising through the Courier Times. Thanks to the New Castle Parks Department for a great environment. Our Gold Sponsors” were Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, Inc., New Castle Dental, Big Al’s Athletics, Charlynn Designs, Raintree Square, Switzer Tank Lines, and Tropical Shaved Ice. Our Silver Sponsors” were Big Bounce Inflatables, Servpro, Henry County Foundation, Bill Baker Insurance Agencies (New Castle & Hagerstown) and Walmart. Our Bronze Sponsors” were Action Staffing, Cathy Crabtree (PCE Insurance Group), Gentle Dentist-Knightstown, REMC and Star Financial Bank.

Michael Fisher

Committee Chairman, Special Day for Special People