The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


April 28, 2012

April 28, 2012 Letters to the Editor: Jodi Acierno

Thank you for donations

On March 31, the first Princess Ball was held at the Jefferson Community Center to raise funding for the Longest Day of Play slated for Saturday, June 23rd, at Lake Shore Park.

The event was an overwhelming success with some 400 people in attendance and 10 beautiful Disney Princesses on hand to greet, sign autographs and give special attention to the many little girls who came out for this special day.  It was a magical day to say the least.

I want to thank all the committee members for all of their help in planning this special event.  Without their dedication and energy, this event would not have happened.  A special thank you to Kathryn Whittington, Pat Fritz, Ralph Penna, Barb Bosely, Donna Jones, Sal Jackson, Diane Marjenin, Rebecca Robinson, Tim Essig, Chris.

I also want to thank the princesses who participated….Jenna Burnett – Belle, Niki Nunley – Jasmine, Randi McCallister – Ariel, Karly Wisnyai – Mulan,

Brittany Dadlow – Sleeping Beauty, Jesica Groff – Snow White, Tessa Kellar – Cinderella, Paige Hodge – Tangled, Creek Ballard – Pocohontis.

Also, a special thank you to the many businesses, individuals and sponsors who made this happen as well.  Jefferson Community Center, DJ Anthony Evans,

Pizza Joe’s in Jefferson, Perfect Occasion Costumes in Middlefield, Oh., Kollhoff Insurance, Elite Employment Staffing, GMR Technology, DiSalvatore Insurance Agency, The Lunch Box, Community First Credit Union, Barb Rettinger-Tops Club, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Saybrook Classic Cruisers, Fraternal Order of Police #106, Ashtabula County Schools, Home Depot, Steak & Shake Restaurant, Save-a-Lot in Conneaut, Peggy Durco, Nancy Hutchens, Lyle you were a life saver, Vi Erdman, Drew & Jodi Acierno, Steve and Kathryn Whittington.

To our many wonderful volunteers a very special thank you.  Cyndi Day, Diana McCallister, Shae Ballard, Don Ballard, Vince Ballard, Danielle Root, Tania Burnett, Dave Jones and the many more volunteers that help with this Magical Day!

A special thank you also to the Star Beacon, Gazette Newspapers and Conneaut A.M. Live for the media coverage.

Because of the success of this year’s Princess Ball, we will have the second annual event in 2013.

I hope to see you at the Longest Day of Play June 23rd.  Come out and enjoy a day of healthy alternatives, fellowship and a guaranteed good time.

Jodi Acierno

President of the Longest Day of Play


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