When Leslie Perkins plans a shindig, she pulls out all the stops.
This was clearly evident at the Plain City Fourth of July celebration. With the help of some patriotic volunteers, generous donations from the public and contributions form a select group of local business owners, the village enjoyed what I think was the best Fourth of July in my 54 years as a resident.
Over a period of the last year, Leslie and her team of dedicated volunteers donated countless man hours to make this grassroots not-for-profit event as successful as it gets. Her organizational skills accompanied by a selfless outlook made for a fantastic, free all-day event for the public. The evening was capped off with the best fireworks display the village has ever experienced. Many agreed that it was the best they had ever seen, period.
I am reminded of these words from philanthropist Margaret Meed: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.”
When my wife approached her to thank her for her efforts after the fireworks, she just said with a modest smile, as a tear dripped from her eye, “This is what it’s all about,” referring to family, friends and a patriotic spirit.
Well let me say this Leslie: You and your public service are what it’s all about.
As we returned to our homes to retire after a most pleasant evening, Leslie and her crew worked into the night to clean up the grounds.
Congratulations and thank you to all who participated in this encouraging and uplifting event.
Mark and Jodi McClish