Letters to the Editor

Thank you, Ramona, for your support

The Ramona High School Royal Blues Jazz Band would like to thank Kmart for allowing us to bring Festive Sounds of the Season to holiday shoppers on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16-18 in front of the Ramona Kmart. The jazz band members enjoyed the opportunity to showcase their talents while at the same time bringing Christmas and holiday music to set the mood for holiday shoppers.

Thank you also to the numerous shoppers who stopped by our bake sale table for some holiday delights, and who graciously dropped donations into the jar. Due to your generosity, we were able to raise over $1,700 for the Ramona High School Band Program, which benefits nearly 100 students through music education and providing opportunities to grow as musicians.

These funds will be used to supplement the budget for items such as instrument repairs, transportation to competitions, festival fees, music and new instrument purchases. We thank the community of Ramona for its continued show of support for music in the schools.

Our next fundraiser is Band Day at Yogurt Barn, Monday, Jan. 30. All day long, Yogurt Barn will be donating 25 percent of sales to the band, but you need to bring our flyer. Please visit our website at www.royalallianceband.org to print our flyer, and give one to a friend.

The Royal Blues Jazz Band will also be the featured entertainment at our next fundraiser Cool Jazz...Hot Chili, which will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, at the First Congregational Church at the corner of Eighth and D Streets. Come join us for some hot chili and cornbread to satisfy your hunger, and some cool jazz to satisfy your soul!

Craving some dessert? There will also be a cake walk for the young at heart. Tickets are $6/person at the door.

We also invite car enthusiasts to reserve Saturday, April 28, on their calendars for our 4th Annual Bulldog Country Cars & Crafts Show. We’re moving to a Main Street location and expect more cars this year. More details will be published in the Ramona Sentinel in the coming weeks.

Thank you again, Ramona, for all your support!

Kathy Kubiak

Alliance for Music Education

A letter of thanks

Words cannot begin to express by heartfelt thanks to all of you for giving finances to help myself and Dr. Luauna go home for the funeral of my niece, Bethany. This was such an unexpected and tragic event for my entire family. My other niece, Grace, 6 years old, was also injured critically in the car accident and survived. I also thank you for your continued prayer and concern for Grace’s recovery. We needed your support more than you will ever know.

I would like to especially thank Dr. Luauna. She has been a close friend of my family for over 30 years. She knew I did not have the money to go home and she willingly took eight days out of her schedule to accompany me. I can say I needed her help.

Dr. Luauna made every effort to get us on the standby flights to make it to Colorado Springs for the first vigil. She slept on the floor because she didn’t want to leave me and my mother, a widow, alone. She cleaned, decorated, listened, ministered to the hurting in my family. She preached the gospel to the poor, healing to the brokenhearted, liberty to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, liberty to the oppressed. She served with all her heart and kept the focus on eternity and souls. Almost 50 people received Christ in a time of tribulation and great sorrow. The amazing fact is, this has been her method of operation for the past 33 years. Grateful does not seem like a big enough word.

I am grateful for all of you. Prayer works and Grace was released from the hospital on Wednesday. She has a long road of physical therapy ahead of her. Praise the Lord, she is eating and speaking normally. Her broken leg is in a cast and the break in her leg is lower than her growth plate, which means no more surgeries. God has been good to us and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless you!

Beverly Maes

Ramona

   
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