2009 Homecoming

Dedicated to maintaining the pride and spirit of Ceres

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Plans are underway for a raffle, to be drawn on October 17, 2009. Tickets are available by calling 276.682.4255 or writing P O Box 32, Ceres, VA 24318. Local businesses also have tickets.. Your assistance in selling these will be greatly appreciated. A complete list of prizes and donors will be published later. Prizes, listed below, were donated by an Association member if not otherwise identified. We already have some very nice prizes including:

Rifle, 720 Mossberg, 5 shot bolt action donated by Ceres Alumni Association

Framed P. Buckley Moss print, donated by Moss Foundation and framed by Farmer’s Daughter

7 days, Laurel Point Resort, Gatlinburg

2009 Mint Coin Set donated by James B. Muncy, Jr.

20 piece set of fine china donated by Affordable Tractors

$25 Gift Certificate donated by Affordable Tractors

$25 gift certificate donated by Harner’s Market

Handmade quilt made and donated by "Just for Fun Quilters"

Necklace and Earring Set

Slow cooker

Ice Tea Maker

Lobster Tray

Webber stainless steel grill set

$50 Gift Certificate, good at various businesses by Builders Supermarket

Handmade throw made and donated by Crabtree and Pruett Sewing

Framed barn picture

2 $50 Bonds from New Peoples Bank

$25 Gift Certificate by B and R Auto Service

Ceres-Goddess of Grain puzzle

Pampered Chef Deviled Egg Carrier

Tote bag

3 sets of Mary Kay skin care products

$50 Bond donated by First1Bank

Insulated Cooler donated by Bland BB&T

Door Prizes include:

Free State Inspection donated by Randy Townley, Bland Auto

Free Saturday Buffet at Tommy Dunn’s Bland Square Restaurant

$15 Gift Certificate donated by Ann Pruett’s Beauty Shop

2 Smokey Mountain souvenirs donated by Della Mae Neel

Note Set donated by BB&T of Bland

Laundry Basket

Additional prizes are still needed.

A nice prize will go to the individual who sells the most ($) in tickets. A cash prize will go to the individual purchasing the most ticket. Again, we would appreciate your help this year. This is our largest fund raiser.

We hope you will sell or buy the raffle tickets. Sold ticket stubs may be mailed to PO Box 32, Ceres, VA 24318. Raffle tickets are $1.00 each or 12 for $10.00. If you need additional tickets, please let us know.

If we make $1,020 on the Homecoming Festival, it will be matched by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Thrivent is a fraternal organization composed of Lutheran Church members or employees of Lutheran organizations. Sharon Lutheran Church is a co-sponsor of this match grant. Appreciation is expressed to both Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and the members of Sharon Lutheran Church.

9th Annual Homecoming

October 17, 2009

Peery Center Gym

Registration starts at 11:00 AM

Meal served at 1:00 PM

Meal catered by Loretta Worrell

(Same as last year)

Meal cost - $15.00

Reservation forms must be returned by

October 9, 2009 to PO Box 32, Ceres, VA

See registration forms in this newsletter.

Dr. Sidney Harvey has planned a special recognition of the

1959 boys basketball team who participated in State Finals.

Remember the "Toys for Tots" drive (see below).

(See registration form)


2009 "Toys for Tots" Drive

Again this year, the Ceres Alumni Association will sponsor a "Toys for Tots" collection drive. The donated toys need to be new and unwrapped. They may be brought to the Homecoming activities in the Peery Center gym in Ceres on October 17, 2009, brought to the Association Board meeting after 7:00 pm on November 19, or given to any Association Officer or Board member prior to December 1, 2009. If anyone outside the Ceres area would like to make toy donations, call 276-682-4380 or 276-682-4255 so arrangements can be made to collect the toys. Toys may also be mailed to P O Box 32, Ceres, VA 24318 or shipped FEDX or UPS to Wade Hall, President, 224 Willow Spring Road, Ceres, VA 24318.

Last year’s "Toys for Tots" campaign was seen as a success. The "toy" items were donated to the Department of Social Services to be part of the Christmas packages for needy children. Thirty-two "stuffed animals" were donated to the Virginia Department of State Police to be used for children in crisis situations. Both organizations expressed deep appreciation. State Police officers emphasized the value of having a stuffed animal, blanket or child’s quilt to help comfort a child at accident scenes. Thanks to all of you who helped make this possible last year. We want to continue this worth while project.