We have several people in our community that are working extremely hard to involve our entire community in a more positive manner in bringing back "Civic Pride" to the Celebration.
Last week, several members of the Board of Directors of the Celebration and I met with the Celebration Association to discuss ways to reunite members of our community to return or experience for the first time the pageantry of the Celebration.
The "Celebration Association" is a group of 50 local business leaders that form the core of the Celebration. Donna Stone, local business leader is directing an Association Committee to have a cash give-away each night of the Celebration.
This group is sponsoring a program called "Steppin into Cash" and will give away $10,000.00 during the Celebration. The money is being sponsored by local individuals and businesses. You will hear much more about this program as we move toward the Celebration.
"Church Night at the Celebration" will take place on Sunday evening, Aug. 26 as local churches will receive free tickets for their members. This project will be directed by Rev. Steve Murphree who has served as Celebration Chaplain and has directed outreach ministry during the Celebration. By the way, the project is just now being established and there is more information to come.
Everyone seems to be catching "Celebration Fever." The Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors will be distributing ribbons that can be placed on business doors and service pole banners are being placed on poles in the near future. This program was initiated last year by Harold Segroves and he will continue with these efforts for the 2012 Celebration.
Harold indicated that our streamers on the ribbons will say "You are the Celebration."
Next week I will share additional community involvement efforts. Don't forget we will still have plenty of reserve seats and box seats available for the Celebration. We need YOU!!!87
Doyle Meadows is CEO of The Celebration.