Letter to the Editor

Celebration Iowa thanks

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I am writing to thank all of the wonderful people who helped sponsor me in Celebration Iowa. This is an amazing organization that provides wonderful opportunities for kids from all over the state. I feel very honored and privileged to have been a part of it this past summer.

I loved getting to sing and dance with so many neat, hardworking, talented kids. I've made friendships that will last forever. It was amazing to work with such awesome instructors both during rehearsal camp and on the tour. The opportunity to perform in so many wonderful venues, tour our great state, and visit with people from all over Iowa made the summer tour an incredible experience.

The following people were my personal sponsors this summer: Dawn Fisher with Dawn's Dance Connection, Mike and Jo Megill from A-One Water Specialists, Dr. and Mrs. Chuck Wetzeler, Larry Gjerde from Gjerde Motors, Dr. Eric Nielsen and Central Bank.

In addition to my local sponsors, Celebration Iowa has corporate program sponsors: Luther College, The Fred Maytag Foundation, The R.J. McElroy Trust, and The Iowa West Foundation.

I also want to thank the Friends of SAMI for bringing the tour to Spirit Lake and for feeding us a wonderful home cooked meal before the show. Arnolds Park Amusement Park kindly gave us a discounted admission for a bit of summer fun while we were in town. And finally, we had wonderful host families who opened their homes to us for the night. A personal highlight for me was getting to perform in my hometown at the beautiful SAMI Center. We did our best to put on a top rate show for you.

Thank you, again, for your wonderful support for me and Celebration Iowa. You not only allowed me to have and amazing summer, but you were also responsible for bringing great family entertainment to communities all over Iowa just like Spirit Lake.

Rick Wilson

2009 Celebration Iowa Cast Member