Thank you, Thank you, Thank you
To the Editor:
First of all, I need to apologize for how long it took me to get around to this. There has been a lot going on in my and my family's lives and unfortunately this has taken a back seat. But at this time I would like to take the opportunity to give thanks to everyone who attended, helped with, and made my dad's Celebration possible. It means so much to me that so many people not only attended, but helped so much in creating this wonderful event. The turnout couldn't have been more impressive. Some are saying 500. It is really a testament to how many people my father touched in his lifetime.
I need to give a very special thanks to the Bethel Inn Resort for allowing us the use of the Conference Center. On behalf of my family and I, our deepest appreciation goes out to Mitzie Naples, Allen Connors, and Dick Rasor as well as the rest of the Bethel Inn staff that helped in the preparation and cleanup of the Celebration.
I also need to thank all of the musicians who came and performed. The music was fantastic and I know my dad would have been proud that you all came to play. Thank you to Rolly York, Jewel Clark, Andy Cummings, Donnie Katlin, Denny Breau, Jeff Wright, Krister Rollins, Merrill Rollins, Michael Stackhouse, Rippy Taio, Paul Farrar, Steve Caswell, Sam Caswell, and anyone else who played music that night. You guys were awesome.
I also need to thank everyone who made donations. After all the help we received from people, the cost of the celebration and cremation were totally covered and I cannot stress enough how appreciative we all are to everyone who contributed. The generosity I have experienced since my father's passing has seriously touched my heart as well as the hearts of my family members, and we could not be more grateful for that.
Another special thanks needs to go out to Will and Sam Caswell for going out of their way to record the celebration on such short notice. They managed to compile enough footage of the event to capture many of its greatest moments and have done a stellar job in composing several video clips that are creative and heart wrenching. I have laughed as well as cried watching them and I am very grateful to have them to be able to look back on years from now. For anyone interested they can be found on Facebook.
I also want to take the time to acknowledge anyone who traveled a great distance to attend the celebration, including friends and family. Your presence as well as your efforts to work it into your schedules meant the world to me and it makes me happy to know that it was the love you had for my dad that made it a priority. And it was so nice to see you all. To my aunts Betsy and Kathryn, and my cousins Alison and Cassy, as well as my dear friend Dave Pilot, thank you all for coming. It was great seeing you and I love you all.
In closing, and without trying to sound like a broken record, I need to give one more all-around thank you to everyone. I'm sending my deepest appreciation and gratitude to everyone directly and indirectly involved in the planning, preparation, and execution of the celebration, as well as any other part of the process that follows the loss of a loved one. And to everyone who has reached out to my family and I. And to everyone who has reminded me just how special my father was, who he was, and how he affected people's lives.
This massive outpouring from everyone has made my sister and I that much more proud that we got to call Sammy Chapman our dad. And for that we are grateful.