Letters to the Editor

Thanks for support of benefit shows

This letter is to thank all who helped make the benefit shows for Bo Ottak a huge success. More than $2,800 was raised at the events and donations are still coming in. One local business, RWS Tree Service in Belfair, has pledged to donate a portion of the com- pany’s revenue for any tree service jobs performed through the end of March 2014.

We are very grateful to the following businesses and individuals who donated items for auction: Amy Burnett (artist), DeFord Photography, Harborview Massage and Wellness Center, Kitsap Music, MoonDogs Too, Norma Bayes, Norman Thomas Designs, Nyle Hartley (songwriter), Raven (Native beadworker), Red Dog Saloon, Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort, Annie Garcia, Bob Evans (performer), Bonnie and Bob McDaniel, John Whalen, Paul Mathes (musician), Ray Wood (guitarist) and Tammy Frost (vocalist). Additional thanks to Norma and Tammy for procuring donations and helping organize the silent auctions, and to Lanny Brown for auctioneering.

Many thanks to Printing Services for donating the event flyers,to Brother Don’s Bar and Grill and Pat’s Little Red Barn Restaurant for providing the venues and cash donations, and to the multitude of some Kitsap’s finest musicians who contributed their time and talents to providing five continuous hours of live music two days in a row, with special thanks to Mike Haslip for engineering sound for all of the performances.

We really appreciate the Port Orchard Independent staff for printing the article, which brought friends, classmates and football cohorts out for the events to commiserate and contribute to the cause.

And last, but most certainly not least, the much gratitude to all who supported the cause by attending the shows, purchas- ing auction items, making cash donations, and offering prayers and encouragement.

We are truly blessed to be part of such a caring community.

Alisha Freeman | Port Orchard


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