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Organizers say thanks for gala support

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To the editor:
Thank you to all who joined us for the 12th annual Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Gala for Children on Oct. 24 at the Dinah Gore Fitness &Aquatic Center.
The board of directors of CIS worked hard leading to the gala as evidenced by the generous displays of silent auction items and impressive number of new sponsors. Thank you for helping us make those connections within our community.
Thank you, Cynthia Tart, executive director, for believing in us during this year of “firsts” for the gala: a new venue, a new check-in/check-out process, and new live auction ideas.
The staff of CIS put in countless hours behind the scenes. Bob Benedict and Lori Thompson, thank you for keeping things running smoothly. Bonnie Jordan, welcome to the madness!
Thank you, thank you, thank you to the army of volunteers who helped us create Hollywood magic right here in Brunswick County.
Thank you to Jon Evans, WECT-TV anchor, serving as emcee for the 10th year.
Also, a special thanks to Allan McDowell, our auctioneer.
Thanks to Rhiannon Wagoner and Dallas McMichael for pulling it all together. Each challenge and each change of direction was met with your unending enthusiasm. Thank you for seeing our vision and for jumping right on board.
Although this year’s gala is a wrap, we have work yet to do. We look forward to working with all of you as we continue to build a community of support for the students of Brunswick County.

Eleanor Erickson
and Michael Braddock II
Communities in Schools Inc. 2013 Gala co-chairmen