The Bridge of Art would like to acknowledge our generous sponsors and supporters, dedicated designers, artists and crafters, and the children and teachers who made our dream possible. We can never thank you enough.
We thank our dedicated community leaders: Heather Sotelo, GSDC director, Kim Ewaldson, Sauk Valley Chamber director, and Susan Boyd, Sterling Main Street director.
Generous supporters, businesses, property owners, and citizens: Sterling Main Street, Mead’s Bike Shop, Community State Bank, SBM, CGH, William Dodge CPA, BDTK, Sauk Valley Bank, Main Street Wine Cellar, Kelly’s, Wahl Clipper, Jim McPherson at Edward Jones, Unique Computer, Midland State Bank, Midwest Dental, Only the Best, Champs, The Precinct, Susan Frost, Yolanda Moreno, Shelly Gottel, Fred and Missy Rangel, Betty Burrows, T6, Zack Olson, David Olson, Dan Bartel at AFLAC, Dennis Little, Marc Wolens, Roger Colmark, Daehle Reitzel, Smitty’s Sewing Center and Jim Dunn. Thanks to Airplay Sports, Showplace Antiques, and Apron Strings for participating in our scavenger hunt. Linnea Koch helped with our logo and did our photography. Sue Kim does our Facebook page.
Many thanks to our design team, who spent hour after hour handmaking many beautiful decorations: Petra Dieterle, Betty Burrows, Jeanie Sullivan, Joan and Ray Nielson, Susan Frost, Yolanda Moreno, Theresa Sword, Terri Johnson, Adele McDonnell, Doris Dillon, Lynette Springman, Sue Kim, Cyndi Brockman, Julie Yemm, Cathy McPherson, Kathy Rick, Qwen Sword, Drew Wilhelmi, Pat Anderson, Marsha Kieme, Linda Naftzger, Beth Longanecker, Susan Boyd, Megan Boyd Janssen, Kelsey Boyd and Stephany Andrews, Kristen Lynch, and Ellie Lynch.
Thanks to those who donated items: Tim Sullivan, Bud Fisher, Twice is Nice, Stage Two, Emporium Thrift Store, June Shearer, Margo Jakobs, Laura Fitzgerald, Joanne Gribbons and Gary Schopp. Thank you to the local artists who allowed us to display their work: Dee Gann, Leland Sedig, Stuart Roddy, Jan Harvey and Christy Paxton.
We want to acknowledge area teachers, students, youth leaders and their groups of children who were so enthusiastic and generous with their time and talent: Jim Duis and the students at St. Mary’s; Gonzalo Reyes and Challand Art Club; Joie Roddy and SHS Art Club; Nancy Anderson and teachers and students at Merrill School; Rock Falls Middle School; Cheri Peterson and students at Lincoln and Jefferson schools; Dawn Waite and Genessee Hillbillies 4-H Club; Harvest Time Youth Group, Desuria Young and YWCA Girls Space sixth- and seventh-grade girls; Elroy Wilde; and SHS students Darien Bardoner, Bryton Thompson, Keegan Wellman and Erin Ansusinha.