Thanks to all who helped with Annaleah’s benefit

This is a note of extreme gratitude from myself to everybody who helped make the Benefit For Annaleah a huge success! I can only name a few … but you all know who you are!

First, to Julie and Steve from the Pump for providing a venue for our event. My right-hand girl, Heather Calloway, without your computer knowledge and wealth of ideas, I would have been lost. To David Bryan, who ran the sound all day and sacrificed a beautiful "riding" day. I hope you know that it meant a lot to me. To the Black Mountain News for helping to spread the word about our event. To [WLOS] News 13 for choosing to cover our event on the 6 o'clock news. The Mountain Xpress, Asheville Citizen-Times, Don Talley and the Black Mountain Music Scene, Fuzzy Coomes, Rob Stimson, Greg Terkkelson, K.C. Steinman, Kevin and Melanie, who were kind enough to tend the bar. All of the wonderful people who donated so many awesome raffle prizes. To all of you who helped haul me and many items around. (It would have been very difficult for me to do it all on my bike.) To all the musicians who shared their beautiful talents. To everyone who came out to enjoy a great show for a great cause. And, of course, our Higher Power.

This event raised over $2,000, and I have just been informed that Annaleah Creasman is well enough to return to her first-grade class. I'm truly proud to call myself a member of this caring community.

— Cynthia Tomaszewski
Black Mountain

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