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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 2/16/22

SPY’s Community Newsletter #178 (2/16/22) The Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth The Year In Review The following is a compilation of what the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (the S.P.Y.’s) organization has accomplished in 2021, in spite of enduring yet another COVID restricted year. We are proud to continue to be; along with our corporate andplatinum sponsors and supporters; a viable part of the endeavor to make the Sunfield area a better place to live. In January: ● We purchased $400 worth of books with an subject emphasis on volunteering and kids, to be placed in Lakewood Schools Libraries. ● We donated $100 to Lakewood Wrestling. In February: ● We donated $250 to Lakewood’s Project Graduation. ● We also donated $250 to the Lakewood High School robotics club. In May: ● The Scholarship Fund continued to grow in 2021, through the generous contributions from many individuals; special projects; and especially through memorial gifts. Thus far, $272,500 has been awarded to 194 local graduating seniors. The Scholarship Fund continues to be administered by the SPY’s Community Foundation. The 2021 winner was Tara Weller, who also received the Richard Lennon Award. This is a prestigious award that the SPY’s give to those that provide an extra amount of time and service to their community. A total of $5,500 was awarded this year. Thank you to our chairperson Betsy Gibbs for her leadership of the Scholarship Review Committee again this year. It is important to note that no other area organization has given more money, or has been giving longer than the SPY’s! This is indeed something to be proud of. We also presented two military honorariums in the amount of $1,000 each to Ethan Rodriguez and Hannah Slater. ● We also Donated $200 to the Lake Odessa Picklebowl In June: • Derek Desgranges & Steve Grosshans co-chaired the annual Centennial Acres / SPY Shootout golf tournament that helps raise funding for our youth programs. This year 35 teams competed. The winner of the Corporate Challenge Cup was the A & D Haskin’s Team (Greg Haskin, Brian Rush, Logan Lake & Bobby Spitzley). There was also a fine group of volunteers that make this event possible. A big thank you to John Fisher for all of his assistance on the event as well. Mark your calendars for June 12th, 2022 for this year’s tournament. In July: ● Approved a $500 for the Sunfield District Library Summer Reading Program ● A total of $6,978.49 was donated for Sunfield Summer Sports Programs. This was another successful year for the SSAA with over 100 kids playing ball in Sunfield. In August: ● We donated a total of $1,000 to help support the annual Farmer's Picnic Open Class Craft Competition and other areas as needed. ● Craig Cappon served as the “commissioner” of the annual “SPY’s Charities Softball Tournament” held during Farmer’s Picnic weekend. This marked the 50th year the tournament has been held. There were a total of 8 Men’s teams and 5 co-ed teams that participated. It was a long hard battle but in the end, Fast Eddie’s was the overall Champion for men and Big Words Crew was the Co-Ed Champs. • Rosie Best continued her role of running the SPY's annual Celebration Calendar project this year. The Calendar has been part of the community for at least 60 years. The community calendar originated before the SPY’s organization came into existence. • The Dime Pitch Booth that we run at the Farmer's Picnic each year is a major source of summer activities funding. This was Wayne Simmon’s second year as chairperson and he did an amazing job despite the heat! A special thank you to Oren & Rosie Best for storing glassware and stuffed animals and washing glassware. Another special thank you to John Fisher for stepping up and helping out while Wayne was out on a medical emergency. A BIG Thank You goes out to all the people who helped with set up, tear down and/or working at the Farmer’s Picnic...we had about 40 volunteers this year. And thank you to the numerous people who donated glassware and stuffed animals! In September: • We completed our twenty-seventh year of our participation of the Adopt-A-Highway project. Special thanks to our project chairperson Derek Desgranges. We had three picks up this year and a great group of volunteers that assisted at each. Thank you to everyone that donated their time. In November: • We again participated in the Lakewood Community Council's Christmas Basket program which helps nearly 200 families in the Lakewood area, including a number locally, with food and gifts. This year we contributed $250, as well as provided a crew in December to handle all of the deliveries in the Sunfield / Mulliken area. ● We covered the costs involved with local kids that participated in the Soccer Club program totaling $271 ● We also covered $253 in youth football costs. December 2021 • Two Texas Hold ‘em events were held at the Event Spot in November & December to support The SPY’s many youth and community projects and programs. Thank you to all the volunteers! Special Notes * Again this year we had some very dedicated people sign up to have their United Way and other payroll deduction program contributions designated to come to the SPY's. We appreciate everyone that takes the time to make their designations go to work here in our community. * We also have had great success with the Amazon Smile program this year. If you’re an Amazon user, you can begin your shopping at and select the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth as your preferred charity and .5% of your order total will be donated to the SPY’s! * 2021 saw the successful continuation of our "Corporate Sponsor" program. This is a specially designed program that allows us to form a more effective partnership with community and youth concerned businesses and individuals that provide benefits for all. This year's "Corporate Sponsor" participants were: A & D Haskin Automated Process Equipment Corporation (APEC) Best Tax Service Brodbeck Seed Sales Campbell & Son's Centennial Acres Davis Construction, Inc Haskin Farms Hazel Brothers Drainage HSV Redi-Mix Mark Woodman Plumbing & Heating Mapes Furniture Marko's Sunoco Station Musgrove Grain We are so grateful for the continued support of these organizations. * Our “Platinum Sponsor” program is designed to be like the Corporate Sponsor program, but is set-up for private individuals that wish to contribute at least $500 annually to help our efforts. Thus far this year’s Platinum Sponsors are: Anonymous Conrad Beeler Mark Davis John & Sandra Fisher Mark & Mary Hanna Roy & Judy Harris Ron & Marlene McDiarmid Jim & Diny Peabody Wayne Simmons Bill & Patti Weller Pete & Becky Weller Kendall & Karry Wilcox Mark & Shari Woodman We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to all these fine community minded individuals. COMMENT The Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (S.P.Y.'s) continue to be an active, vital organization. Our primary purpose is community betterment through helping kids. But, as you can see, our efforts go far beyond that. To all of you S.P.Y.'s---to your helpmates---our Corporate Sponsors---our Platinum Sponsors---and to everyone that supported us in 2021, and in years past--- We thank you for your help, support, contributions of any kind, hard work, dedication, and acceptance. The community, and this area in general, are a better place because of all of us working together. ReplyReply allForward

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