On Saturday, December 8th, Evan Tolle and myself, with the help of many, hosted a First Responders Appreciation Dinner. The event included delicious food, talented entertainment, a thrilling raffle, and many laughs. The night was filled with smiles from everyone and apparently many comedians that I was pleased attended.

The work for the dinner started months ago. The dinner would not have been possible without the wonderful table sponsors who donated prizes and money to buy supplies, food, and gifts. When I explained what I wanted to do, the sponsors without a second thought were very gracious with their donations. The dinner also required a lot of preparation like organization and planning, which was one of the most difficult and nerve-racking parts. Yet, I was lucky enough to have great help from Evan Tolle, Kennady Keating, and my advisor, Elizabeth Dilillo. The time and effort they gave was appreciated more than they know. People from the community of Adrian donated their time as did citizens from surrounding communities. Many of these people jumped at the idea of being able to help with the dinner and for that I am grateful.

The dinner was a long-awaited night for myself and my two partners who helped me bring this idea to life, Kennady and Evan. After the event, we three friends were very happy we could show our support for first responders and allow them to have a night that was meant just for them. Today’s world is full of hatred and anger. We are pleased to bring love to the responders when we can to say thank you because they are not thanked often enough.

So on behalf of Evan Tolle, Kennady Keating, the Adrian FCCLA, and myself, we would like to thank everyone who attended that night and the volunteers who donated their time. We would also like to thank the the sponsors for all their help and support. To the first responders of the Bates County area, and all over, thank you for the long nights and cold rainy days that are filled with people calling for your help. To the courageous men and women who work in all fields as first responders and answer those calls with love, care, and strength, we thank you. We have your backs. God bless.

Adrian FCCLA Chapter President,

Jonhenry Jackson