To the editor:

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Union County, I wish to extend sincerest thanks and appreciation for the community's overwhelming support of our Art Gala and Holiday Gathering held on Nov. 14. The support we received was truly heart-warming. This year's event was particularly special as the proceeds raised benefit the Lynne Whatley Memorial Service Above Self Scholarship Program, which will be awarded to a Union County high school graduate that exemplifies "Service Above Self" in his/her daily activities.

I wish to also thank Greg Nelson and Nelson Auto Group for hosting our event, Fairbanks High School student Oliver Pontius for providing musical entertainment, and McAuliffe's Ace Hardware, Eldchrist Winery, Yutzy's Farm Market, Farmhouse Ice Cream Parlor, First Presbyterian Church of Marysville, Jump House Entertainment and Memorial Hospital of Union County for their support and generosity. And finally, special thanks to the many volunteers who made this event a success.

This has been an amazing year of growth and progress for the Rotary Club of Union County, and we are proud to serve Union County. Thank you again, for your support.

Jason Stanford

2010-11 Rotary Club president