Until Black Friday, 2019…

Hello, Everyone!!
Well…it’s a good thing that we didn’t have shows tonight or we’d be in big trouble. The wind damage here is ridiculous.

Anyhow…since we closed Sunday night, we’ve been to the Food Bank of CNY to turn in the proceeds from this season More about that shortly.

We need to say THANK YOU to a number of people and organizations, without which, this season would not have been possible. First, Jean Koehler…you are a patient, tolerant, beautiful person and without you allowing me the time and energy that this project consumes, we’d be bead in the water. Thank you and I love you. The rest of the family, too, Jake, GG and Jeremy pitched in where I could not and brought it all together. This is truly the best family a guy could ask for.

United Rentals on Schuyler Road and Staples in East Syracuse pitched in as well, helping us in ways that really made a difference. Thank you again.

We had a great visit one night with Tom Davis and Skip Davis. Tom is a teacher at ESM, one of Jeremy’s teachers, who brought one of their drones to capture some footage of our display from the air (That’s gonna be really cool, we’ll post it when we get it). Also, Toby Buechler and Julia Paz were here filming for WESM. Thanks so much for the help.

Ted and Amy of 93Q interviewed us prior to the season premiere, despite my erratic work schedule. They were fantastic. Thank you!!!

To Santa, Mrs. Claus and our Superfan, you guys have shown what dedication to a cause really means. I cannot measure what your support to our effort has meant to all of us. It has made a huge difference for us. Thank you.

Paul Knierman…thanks for your invaluable help. You’re always there, every year. Our neighbors, Ann Marie and Mr. & Mrs. Sweeney, donated their trees to our display, making it bigger and brighter than ever before (wait till next year…) so we are indebted to all of you also.

We weren’t aware of this, but apparently we have people from all over come to see us…some even from out of state!! Amazing…all of you. The Van Dykes, Uphams, our “wee Scottish TSO Superfans”, too, and others from far away that are anonymous, please accept our thanks for your support this year. You guys are amazing and your support is overwhelming.

Finally…several people at the Town Of DeWitt Police Department deserve a HUGE Thank You for their efforts, as without them, Santa’s arrival here at KFC would not have happened on Christmas Eve. First, Alyssa started the whole ball rolling, Sergeant Jerry Pace facilitated the journey, and Officer Grizanti’s execution was perfect, in what turned out to be rather nasty weather. We couldn’t have asked for more. If I neglected anyone, I apologize.

Now….drum roll please….just how well did you guys dig in to help the Food Bank of Central New York? You donated 647 pounds of food, and $1,222.48 to help the needy and hungry this Christmas season. I’m pretty sure both are all-time records. We cannot thank you enough.

One last thing…please don’t forget about the Food Bank just because the sun is out and it’s 80 degrees outside. You know….that one week in August that we get that’s nice here in CNY 😉 Seriously though, homelessness and hunger don’t ever take a break, and neither should you, from supporting the Food Bank and others that are not as fortunate as you. I wish we could run all year long to help out, but we can’t, but that doesn’t mean that the mission of the Food Bank is over until Christmas. Please, please…do what you can and help out this great organization, every month of the year. You can even go and volunteer there in the warehouse, at their events, they’ll need our help every month of every year. Here’s a perfect opportunity to get involved, start a new family tradition, make good on a NY resolution, if you don’t have one.

Sorry for the long post, but we had a lot of “thank yous” to get out there. Have a great New Year, a safe, peaceful and tranquil 2019 to everyone, and we’ll see you on Black Friday, November 29, 2019!!!