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Generous Donors Make Corn Day Possible

The businesses and individuals whose gifts play a major part in making Corn Days possible were saluted Thursday by the Kiwanis Club of Carmi, which sponsors the annual celebration.

Nancy J. Winter, who chairs the club’s fund-raising committee, saluted her fellow committee members (Art Saunders, Chris Myers and Dr. Clint Taylor). And she paid tribute to the 93 individuals, businesses and organizations that contributed to this year’s celebration.

Representatives of the corporate and platinum donors gathered immediate after the meeting for a group photo.

Describing the contributors as “awesome,” she said they “gave even when it hurt” to make this weekend’s festival possible.

Donors were divided into five categories, as follows:

Corporate: Botsch & Associates CPA’s LLC, City of Carmi (in kind), First Bank, First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust, Hale Body Shop, Inc., Huck’s, Nancy J. Winter CPA and People’s Bank.

Platinum: George N. Mitchell Drilling Co., Inc., Sam’s and WROY/WRUL (in kind).

Gold: Banterra Bank, Brown’s Fertilizer & Chemical LLC, Burnt Prairie Fertilizer, Campbell Enterprises of Illinois LLC, The Carmi Times (in kind), Cherry Street Automotive, Clearwave Communications, Dillman Services, Inc., Eastern Services, Elastec, Inc., Expressway Auto (Wes Duffy), Gillard True Value Hardware, Immediate Roustabout, J & J Ventures Amusements & Gaming, Logo Graphics LLC, Marshall Electric Inc., McDonald’s, O’Daniel Trucking Co., Pyramid Marble & Granite, Rice Motor Co., Southern Illinois Custom Aerial, Taco Factory, The Navigator (in kind), The Villager’s Voice (in kind) and White County Coal LLC.

Silver: Albion Equipment Co., Campbell Funeral Home, Carmi Family Dental, Circle R Fertilizer, Citizens National Bank of Albion, Consolidated Grain & Barge, Inc., Cook Funeral Chapel, Cox Financial, Crop Production Services, Haley Production, Joyner Therapy, Keller’s, Lamont Services LLC & Lamont Farms, Inc., Nikki’s Place, Plum Street Pharmacy, R & T Therapy LLC, Ron Absher Auto Center, Scates Valley, Inc.,

Shelter Insurance (Kati Sturgal), Slay’s Restoration, Southeastern Illinois College, State Farm Insurance (James Cook), Stendeback Family Funeral Home, Supportive Living of Carmi, Taylor Eye Care, Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant, Town & Country Barber Shop, Tri-State Butane, U Store U Lock Inc., Wabash Christian Retirement Center, Wabash Christian Therapy and Medical Clinic, Wabash Valley Service Co., Warren Service Co., White County Ford and Yesterday’s Drive-In.

Bronze: Carmi Veterinary Clinic, Ruth Appliance, Inc., A & S Enterprises LLC, Aylsworth Surveying, Barnett Ready Mix, Belford Coring Service, Carmi Lumber Co., Conley CPA, Dave Matheny Insurance Agency, Fisher Auto Parts, Hillyard Farm Services, Joe’s Lawn Care, Kays Printing, Renshaw’s Dairy Queen, Rock Bottom, Stein’s Flowers, The Coffee Shop, United Energy, Inc., W & W Truck & Trailer Sales LLC, Wabb Enterprises of Illinois, Little Giant Foods Inc. and Merle Norman.

Contributions ranged from $2,000 or more down to amounts under $250, Winter noted, adding that this was outstanding, particularly in light of a slow economy.