I would like to publicly thank everyone who participated in the Temecula 4th of July Parade 2017.
It was a long morning out in the heat from 8:45 am to 12 noon and our group was extremely cheerful, patient and resilient. Even the little ones made it through! According to my count, we had 35-40 people in our group. That is a FANTASTIC showing!
The parade announcers were very warm, welcoming and enthusiastic, and it was nothing short of a miracle that so many people watching the parade applauded for us, cheered, waved, gave us thumbs up, yelled woot, woot!!!!! AMAZING!
As we approached the second announcement area, I am sure I heard a female announcer say, “Thank you to the Temecula Valley Democrats for keeping the spirit of democracy alive in our community.”
For helping to keep the spirit of Democracy alive in our community, special thank you’s to:
All those who walked!!!!!!!!!!!
The Temecula Valley Action Committee – for your endless enthusiasm, commitment and hard work: Jose Guzman, Carl Kravats, Sofia Okolowicz, Marita Saxton, Tami Simms, Pam Tharaldson, Ally Thorwarth, Peter Thorwarth, Teri Trombley
Jorge Lopez and The Democrats of SW Riverside County Community – our sister community – for participating side by side with us, for recruiting participants, for walking hand-in-hand with us in the parade and every day
The Inland Empire Intergroup Council – for encouraging us to sign up for the parade and for your commitment and work in coordinating all our efforts for the greater good
Cindy and Jorge Bustos – Temecula Rise and Resist – Thank you for making the call to the city, for getting us cleared to participate, and then showing up to walk with us.
Charity Barczyszyn – Hear Our Voice – Thank you for getting so behind us in this effort and for being so there for us.
Carl Kravats – For creating our logo and our banner and for your great photographs
Sofia Okolowicz – For providing the flags for us to carry and for helping with the banner and for caring so much
Trudy Kaufman – For a stunning achievement in recruiting many people for the parade and for membership!
Marita Saxton – for conceiving and creating our beautiful Happy Birthday to America Float and for SO much work to make it great!
Dave Heiser – For solving every email problem – always! For painting a red and blue stripe on your truck for the parade, and for driving the float.
Tami Sims – For helping in every way – support, organization, the float, calls/emails, for publicizing the event, for taking charge of signing people in – for always following through
Jose Guzman – for helping with the float and for always helping so willingly
Suji Fox – for so generously lending us your wisdom and experience behind the scenes, for organizing us on parade day and for your great photos.
Steve Schwartz and Randy Buck – for carrying our banner and for looking so good!
Michelle Singleton – for showing (up with children) to be the “candidate of the day”
Corey Lohman – for your wonderful photographs!!!
Skylar Tempel – for always keeping us in line – and for showing up in SO many ways!
With immense appreciation,
1st Vice President,
Chair, Action and Outreach
Temecula Valley Democrats