September 15 First responders’ picnic committee: We have no expenses
September 13, 2013, The Herald, The picnic to thank all the 20 first responders departments that came to downtown Lincoln on June 20 is around the corner and last minute preparations are being made.
The committee, that originally intended to sponsor a thank you picnic, now has another mission in mind and that is to help the Oasis garner funds to begin anew.
The picnic for the first responders and their families has all been paid for by the generosity of local businesses and civic organizations, meaning that any money coming in as a donation will not be used for the picnic and will instead be given to the Oasis board.
The picnic, which will begin at 1 pm will be an old-fashioned one. Fried chicken will be supplied by the IGA, Pizzas will be coming out of the ovens at Guzzardo’s Italian Villa. Thanks to Sysco, burgers and brats and condiments will be ready for the picnickers. And Krogers will make sure there is potato salad and desserts to finish off a great afternoon lunch. Heather McLaughlin Wolf with AFLAC will make sure there is lemonade and iced tea to drink. St. Clara's Manor is supplying buns and all the paper goods you need for a picnic,
Thanks to Area Disposal trash containers and hauling will also be taken care of.
There will also be a sale of the prints made from fire photos on sale at the Lincoln Art Institute for $10 each and thanks to the Chamber, the Development Partnership, Mayor Snyder, Lincoln Printers, Heritage Packaging and Illinois American Water, all the monies from print sales will go to the Oasis.
All the first responder departments will receive a special commemorative plaque thanking them for their efforts as well as a wonderful CD of the photos put to music and donated by Dennis Schrader of Fricke Calvert Schrader Funeral Home. The plaques have been paid for by the generosity of Joan Parker at Logan County Title and Trust.
It is hoped that the community takes a few minutes to stop by and thank a few of the many volunteers and professional who selflessly give of their time and energy to be ready and willing to assist us in our time of need. There will also be areas around Pulaski Street where donations to the Oasis can be dropped off including the Herald office at 509 B Pulaski..