Saturday dawned bright and sunny, just perfect for a fundraiser designed to bring light into a young woman’s world.
More than 1,200 people attended “Save Savannah’s Sight,” held at the amphitheater at Clear Creek Park, which raised more than $22,000 to pay for a surgery that it is hoped will restore at least partial sight to Savannah Sanders.
The 21-year old, who was blinded in a childhood accident at age 10, was present at the event, and even performed a comedy act on stage.
The cool temperatures and rainy weather matched the weekend's official turn to fall, but they didn't stop the community from turning out for the Finchville Fall Festival. The annual event brought hundreds to its epicenter at the Finchville Ruritan Club where a big yard sale enticed buyers, and plenty of fun surrounded the booths.
Fresh vegetables and gourds were available, and everything from an antique tractor show to a dunking booth and games were available to help ignore the wet weather.
Brad Holland spent Friday enduring just about every hardship the human body can endure – thirst, exposure to all kinds of weather, near dehydration, fatigue…you name it.
But he wouldn’t have missed it for anything.
Holland, a financial advisor who lives in Shelbyville with his wife, Audrey and three daughters, participated in a 25-mile marathon, from rim-to-rim in the Grand Canyon, all in the name of charity. The money he raised will be used to purchase a water supply system for residents in the Dominican Republic.
“I have known her all my life, and everyone loved her. You would be hard pressed to find anyone in this town who does not feel that way.”
John Shannon’s sentiments about Doris Jean Sutherland Ruble, who passed away Saturday at the age of 80, are shared by many in Shelbyville, who consider Ruble’s kind, loving nature to be her legacy to her family and her community.
Ruble, a retired LPN, worked at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville for 57 years, stretching back to the days when the facility was known as King’s Daughter’s hospital.