Wilkes County you are the best. It’s been a topsy-turvy year due to COVID, but Wilkes Adult Developmental Activity Program Inc. (ADAP) continues to be blessed. Our luncheon was canceled in 2020 and in 2021 it was postponed from April to Sept. 14. We followed CDC recommendations by wearing masks and gloves and socially distancing. There were over 240 to-go plates. Volunteers had great costumes in keeping with the “MerleFest-bound” theme.

Over $39,000 has been raised from tickets, sponsors, donations and tips. The silent auction alone raised over $1,000. Special thanks to the Health Foundation for awarding our agency a $10,000 grant. Donations are still accepted at P.O. Box 968, North Wilkesboro, N.C., 28659.

Many people helped make the luncheon a success. Thank you First United Methodist Church of North Wilkesboro for letting us use your facility; 43 community volunteers who worked diligently; 161 sponsors (especially 10 new ones); Randy’s Produce for the delicious fruit assortment; all who donated items to the silent auction; 11 workers and Wilkes ADAP staff (Carol, Julie, Syble, LaTonya, Sabrina, Clara and Theresa); Jenny Hix for going the extra mile; Wanda Pardue for decorating directions; Angela Minton/Kathy Clonch for the beautiful balloon archway; Gary Rousseau, board member emeritus, for support over the past 45 years; Fund Development Chairman Betty Thompson, who motivates and coordinates everyone; Vickie Shew, who aided with the luncheon; Ted Hagaman/John A. Walker Center for letting us borrow rope/chains for line control; Jeff Swofford and Brushy Mountain Smokehouse and Creamery for the delicious food; Ken Welborn and staff of Thursday Printing/The Record for assistance; Jule Hubbard and Wilkes Journal-Patriot for assistance.

Thanks to Wilkes ADAP board members for wonderful ideas, getting great sponsors, selling tickets, magnificent support for the luncheon and inspiration and encouragement. Always thanks to the late Pete Kulynych for suggesting this fundraising event in 1990. A special thank you to the Leonard G. Herring Family Foundation. Thank you to the faithful customers who hire the Wilkes Works crews. We share the same dream.

The mission of ADAP, a non-profit United Way Agency, is to provide services and support that enable adults with developmental disabilities become full participating members of the community. We focus on abilities not disabilities. The money raised will help us continue to fill the lives of the people we support with meaning, laughter, joy and hope.

ROBIN WHITTINGTON

Executive Director, Wilkes ADAP Inc.

North Wilkesboro, N.C.

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