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More Than 100 Sponsors Make Corn Days Possible

More than 100 sponsors help make Corn Days possible

Carmi’s annual Corn Days celebration doesn’t just happen.

Lots of people—members of the sponsoring Kiwanis Club of Carmi, its affiliated Carmi-White County High School Key Club and others—contribute hundreds of hours every year so that community members and visitors can enjoy the annual fall holiday.

But another group of people is just as vital to the festival’s success—the folks who contribute thousands of dollars to finance it.

The financial sponsors—more than 100 of them—were honored for their contributions Thursday at the regular weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club, held at the Farm Bureau Building in Carmi.

Nancy J. Winter, head of the club committee that seeks financial donations each year, read the list of dozens of sponsors, assisted by Holly Healy, the club president.

Those categorized as “Corporate” sponsors included Botsch & Associates CPA’s LLC, the City of Carmi, Dillman Services Inc., Fairfield Memorial Hospital, First Bank, First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust,

Hale Body Shop Inc., Huck’s Convenience Stores, Nancy J. Winter CPA, People’s Bank, Pioneer (a DuPont company) and Shepherd Insurance.

“Platinum” sponsors included Brown’s Fertilizer & Chemical LLC, George Mitchell Drilling Co., Inc., The Navigator/Carmi Chronicle and WROY/WRUL.

“Gold” sponsors are Banterra Bank, Burnt Prairie Fertilizer, Campbell Enterprises of Illinois LLC, Campbell Funeral Home, Carmi Family Medicine (Ferrell Hospital), Carmi Times (in kind), Carmi Veterinary Clinic, Cherry Street Automotive, Citizens National Bank of Albion, Clearwave Communications, Nutrien, Dartt & Co., Eastern Services, Immediate Roustabout, J & J Ventures Amusement & Gaming, McDonald’s, O’Daniel Trucking Co., Pyramid Marble & Granite, Rice Motor Co., Southern Illinois Custom Aerial, Taylor Eyecare, The Villager’s Voice, Town & Country Real Estate, Wabash Christian Village and Warren Service Co. LLC.

Those categorized as “Silver” sponsors included Albion Equipment, Alpha Tree Service, Carmi Family Dental, Casey’s, Circle R Fertilizer, Cook Funeral Chapel, Cox Financial, Edward Jones – Grant Gee Financial Advisor, Gottzz’s, Haley Production, Keller’s Landscaping, Lamont Services LLC and Lamont Farms

Inc., Main Street Café, Marshall Electric Inc., Nikki’s Place, Plum Street Pharmacy, R & T Therapy LLC, Rock Bottom, Scates Valley Inc., Sharp’s Landscaping, Slay’s Carpet & Restoration, Southeastern Illinois College, State Farm Insurance – James Cook, Stendeback Family Funeral home, Taco Factory, Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant, The Coffee Shop, The Courtyard, Town & Country Barber Shop, Tri-State Butane, U Store U Lock Inc., Wabash Christian Therapy, Wabash Supportive Living, Wabash Valley Service Co., Weber Auto Repair Center LLC, Weber Construction, White County Ford and Yesterday’s Drive-In.

The list of “Bronze” contributors includes Rush Appliance Inc., Joe’s Lawn Care, Barnett Ready Mix, Belford Coring Service, Caleb Hughes – Edward Jones, Cargill, Carmi Eyecare Center, Carmi Lumber Co., Conley CPA, Dave Matheny Insurance Agency, Don’s Bumper to Bumper, Elastec, Inc., Fechter Farms, Fisher Auto Parts, Jonathan Turpin, Joyner Therapy, Kays Printing, M & S Implement Co., Inc., NFE Realty, Renshaw Dairy Queen, Ron Absher Auto Sales, Stein’s Flowers, W & W Truck & Trailer Sales, LLC, Merle Norman and Karger’s Kollectibles.

Winter expressed appreciation to committee members Dr. Clint Taylor, Chris Myers and Jeremy

Jordan, as well as to the club’s president and board of directors.

She also noted the assistance provided by her office staff, and Healy saluted her husband, Phil, for his patience in the last year as she performed her duties as club president.

The meeting followed a meal prepared and served by Yesterday’s. Scott Johnson won the 50-50 drawing, splitting a jackpot of $26 with the club.

The Oct. 18 club meeting will feature the induction of new officers and members of the Kiwanis board.

–Barry Cleveland