To the editor:
The American Legion, Post 136 of St. James City, had one of the largest and most successful parades in the Pine Island's history and a fireworks display that lasted over an hour! A special thank you to Tom Ruscik for organizing the parade and fireworks display.
The Post would also like to thank the following organizations, businesses and individuals for donating to help defer the expenses of the fire works display. We are a non-profit organization. We give away all the money we earn so these people have helped us help veterans, their families and our local community:
American Legion Auxiliary, Tim Young, John Thomas, Frank Taugner, Ben and Sandy Madey, Ron and Pink Wesorick, The American Legion Riders, Doc and Kelly Brooks, Mark and Faye Bethel, VFW of Pine Island, Team Shevlin at Century 21, Pine Island Moose Lodge, Donkersloot Marine, Matlacha Mariners, Dave and Sandy Danenhower, Tom and Linda Lewis, Pine Island Cove Association, Cherry Estates Association, Jeff Bassinger, Dave and Joyce Lake, Charlie Weber, Sons of the American Legion, Leroy and Lena Lippmann, Bob and Ann Crawford, Chicago Joe Rataj and Phyllis, Burnt Out Band, Women of the Moose Chapter 1843, Matlacha Hookers, St. James Automotive, Pete and Diane Trazzera, York Road Marine, Jerry and Lee Congdon, Barry and Anne August, Bob and Jane Wason, St. James City Boat Club, John Risto, Raeann Hutchins, Guylyn and Wayne DeMeyere, Diane and Jerry Wolfe, Tom and Debbie Drews, Barbara Brown, Mike and Ginny Smith, Carol and Larry Nixon, Cheryl Kudary and Pine Island Boat Club.
Thank you all! My personal apologies if I have left anyone out. We could not have done all this without your support and participation.
Capt. Barry August