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46 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2010 Cape Gazette Thank You Dinner celebrates Strong Kids Campaign By Kara Nuzback Inspirational speeches, soft music, tasty food and good com- pany set the scene for the 2010 Strong Kids Campaign Thank You Dinner, hosted by the Sussex Family YMCA. On Nov. 18, more than 90 volunteers, donors, col- laborators and YMCA members gathered in the Rehoboth Coun- try Club ballroom for dinner and an award ceremony, emceed by Lisa Bryant of WBOC-T . "To me, the Strong Kids Cam- palgn is the most important pro- gram in the YMCA," said Jack Booker, executive director of Downtown YMCAs in Wilming- ton. Guest speakers Booker, Sussex instructor Jane Segal and Sussex member W'flliam Michael Bowe shared heartfelt stories of how Virginia Van Sciver, right, presents volunteer, board member and committee Chair- man Jack Stevenson with the first Van Sciver Leadership Award, on behalf of herself and her late husband, Don. the association has made a differ- ence in their lives. For Bboker, the Y was a childhood safe haven; for Segal, ii brought hap- piness and health; for Bowe, it is the reason he became a Special Olympics champion. "Being in sports takes a lot of work, and every day we try to go the distance," Bowe said, show- ing the audience medals he earned in China's fifth Special Olympics and his 2010 Outstand- ing Athlete of the Year Award from the Delaware Special Olympics Night of Heroes cere- mony. "This is by far one of my fa- vorite events with the YMCA of Delaware," said speaker Jim Kel- ly, ,Ace president of operations for YMCA of Delaware. Kelly. said between the good conversa- tion and join effort for the cam- paign, one cannot help but feel good after leaving the annual Thank You Dinner. The Strong Kids Campaign provides financial assistance to children and families who other- wise would not be able to take part in YMCA programs. The campaign raised more than $110,000 this year. "If we asked all the donors and volunteers to stand tonight, there would be no one sitting down," Continued on page 47 KARA NUZBACK PHOTOS GUEST SPEAKER WILLIAM MICHAEL BOWE, left, and his brother, Antonio, just returned from China's fifth Special Olympics games. "And, yes, we brought back medals," Michael said. Sussex County Family YMCA Executive Director TerryoRasberry, right, presents Meyer Persow with the Service to Youth Award for his volunteer work in the Youth and Government Program. ike most housewives who have very little in- terest in professional sports, I've learned a lot about football this year. For in- stance, I now know that if any- thing lasts longer than four hours, then you should notify your doctor fight away. Appar- ently.this is a very important part of the game, judging by the number of warnings. I also understand that in order to be a legitimate football fan you have to own at least one gi- gantic, humungous, steroid-type truck. And I mean a real truck thing that goes straight up the side of the mountain, splashes through rivers, spins around rocks and has an open back end that is filled with cases of beer and a radio that plays, '%merica the Beautiful" in the back- groined. Believe me, with television screens the size of aircraft can'i- ers, it's hard to imagine a more dominating force in the home: The spectacle on Sundays used to be your own children running around blocking each other into the wall, plates and knives being passed overhead and a chorus of screams of "He looked at me," echoing through the house. The only thing you were missing was the black-and-white-striped suit of the referee. You didn't need a whistle because your lungs at that time were as loud as any percussion section of a sympho- ny orchestra. Now that the children are grown and out of the house, it only seems fair that the aduks get to enioy a more mature, se- date afternoon, like watching their brother-in-law in the stands waving a large Styrofoam finger in the air and shoving women and children out of the way of the television camera so he can scream, '%Ve're No. 1!" When it comes to sports, I get confused around this time of the year. I know I watched last year's Super Bowl, but I have no recol- lection of it. I remember men the size of Ohio pushing a ball up and down the field, but little else. Sometimes I'm in the wrong sport, like I think we are still in the midst of the World Series, yet the only thing I can recall is that there were two teams in the finals. Then again, maybe it's i over. I have flashbacks around this sports time of the year too. Every once in awhile when I watch a kickoff return and the crowd roars its approval, my mind starts to wander and the only thing I can think of is that I really don t know the meaning of the words to 'Auld Lang Syne." I've never understood if you should forget old acquaintances and never bring them to mind again, and believe me if you knew some of the folks I used to know, this would be good advice, or if you just naturally forget old acquaintances on your own. And yet, I can remember every verse to the "Beverly Hillbillies" theme song. I watch the professional com- mentators to pick up tips on the game at the appropriate breaks. Their clothes and jewelry dis- tract me, though; okay, so I have no idea what they are saying, but I do take their advice and watch something called a tight end, mainly by turning around and looking at my own backside, which for some reason has grown during the football sea- son. Apparently you should also be worried about the quarter- back sneak; or maybe they mean the quarterback is a sneak. Violence seems to be the hot topic on everyone's mind. You know, the elbows to the face, the butting of heads, the tackling from behind and the verbal threats of paybaclz Oops, sorry I was just remembering the Black Friday sales. You can imagine what goes on during a profes- sional football game. I think we can all agree, though, that the best part of football is halftime. Everyone loves the entertainment. You can learn firsthand when all the men in your house pour out onto the front lawn for a pick-up game. Your entertainment is to drive them to the emergency room for hip replacements, scrapes, twist- ed knees and bruises. Now that's football.