The 5th Annual Greater Lafayette Back to School Bash was held on Saturday, August 13 in the Trinity parking lot and closed off North Street!! After a rainy morning, a beautiful evening greeted guests who received free school supplies, haircuts, information; as well as enjoyed food, games, entertainment and fun! Participants included the Lafayette Fire Department, DARE, Trinity Youth, Trinity Choir, Purdue Audiology, First Steps, Purdue Nutrition, Drug-Free Coalition, Lafayette Civic Youth, Purdue Boxing Club, One Size Fits All Comedy Improv, Public Schools Foundation of Tippecanoe County, LUM, Bicycle Lafayette, First Church, YMCA, Lafayette Children's Choir and many more. The Hernandez family with 3 children won the limousine ride to the first day of school, compliments of Lafayette Limo.
Many thanks to our awesome volunteers: Susie Riley (Head Chef) and most of the Riley family!, Melissa Garcia (Haircutting coordinator) and the Garcia family! Kay Franscoviak (reading corner organizer), Ryan Wynkoop, Claudia Alenduff, Norma Singley, Mary Jo Risk, Peggy Reen, Mary Hood, Diana & Dave Mann, Mel Shoaf, Bob & Chris Lilly, Zai Fox, the Gray family, Dinah Dalder, the Dorey family, Steve Ash, Pastor Tracey Leslie, Lisa Drake & choir (the cookies looked yummy!), Melissa Kramer with youth Shelby & Leanne, Isabel DiFranco, Jan Hardesty and Tom, Chris Erwin. If I missed you, please forgive me and accept my thanks - what an awesome group of volunteers!
Thank you, thank you to everyone who donated to the event, donated school supplies (boy, did we give away a LOT of them!!) or helped make arrangements. It was a great day thanks to a great Trinity!
On Tuesday, August 9, Dr. Ash took John Cookman to see the WWII planes at Purdue. On August 10, Dr. Ash took Fred Young to see the planes as well. Both John and Fred served on such planes during the war and they were delighted to see the planes again.
From Fred's wife, Mildred:
Purdue had several WWII planes brought in on display. Fred has to use a wheelchair at all times and Dr. Ash brought over a big SUV, managed to get Fred (and his wheel chair) in it. He pushed Fred all around the planes and Fred hasn’t stopped talking about it. Fred was bombardier/navigator and it brought back a lot of memories for him. It was too difficult for him to get up in any of them, but he certainly enjoyed seeing all of them up close from the outside. A big “thank you” to Dr. Ash for his good deeds.
Thanks to the ministry of Trinity's Friendly Visitor Program, some of Trinity's WWII veterans were able to enjoy seeing these vintage bombers.
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