Letter to the Editor

A great 'Evening in the Park'

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the businesses and parents who made our Spirit Lake Junior Senior "Evening in The Park" such a huge success! The event was held on June 21, and included amusement park rides, a dance in the Roof Garden, lots of food, a hypnotist and life-long memories made.   We couldn’t have had such an amazing "final" event for our class of 2020 seniors and class of 2021 juniors without the support and gracious donations from Arnolds Park Amusement Park, Pizza Ranch in Spirit Lake, Godfather’s Pizza in Milford, Spudnutz in Okoboji,  Spirit Lake After Prom and all the generous parents who volunteered to ensure the event ran smooth and safe.

Due to these unprecedented times it was important to safely provide our seniors and juniors with an event that would allow them some "normalcy" to celebrate one another, relax and have fun! We can not thank Arnolds Park Amusement Park CEO Jeff Vierkant and Arnolds Park Events Coordinator Casey Schmidt for partnering with us parents to provide this opportunity for the Spirit Lake juniors and seniors. They worked with us to ensure we provided a safe environment for the kids as well as worked their magic to ensure the night ran smoothly. Several local food establishments donated food and/or provided food at a reduced cost. In addition to the aforementioned businesses that donated food, we would also like to thank Subway and Creative Cakes by Mindy for providing food at a reduced cost. Last, but not least, a huge thank you goes out to our parents! This event would not have happened without the generosity of many junior and senior parents who supported the event financially or volunteered their time. All of these people pulling together helped to create an evening our kids needed and deserved and hopefully it is an evening they can cherish for many years to come! Once again, thank you, thank you, thank you to all who made this evening possible.

Jody Jenness

Spirit Lake