I would like to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt thanks to all the people and organizations that contributed to the success of the inaugural dinner/dance benefit for the City of Hope in honor of Jim Dermore that was held in Niland in December 2000:
Jiggs Johnson, Jimmy Copeland, Gene and Carol Sones, Russ McMurtry, Kelly and Judy Fortenberry and family, Shelly Gibson and family, Laurie Dowden and family, Debbie Algar, Connie McQuerry, Louis "Catfish Louie" Suarez, Gary Wyatt, Westmorland 4-H, I.V. Restaurant, United Food Center, Imperial Food Market, Western Liquor, Southwest food store, Tropical Delight, Lewman's Floral, Market Square, the Niland Chamber of Commerce the Niland swap meet vendors and all the wonderful people to numerous to list individually who contributed their time as servers, decorators, cleanup crew, ticket sales and doormen.
Because of the generosity of these people, a donation of $1,809 was sent. As the president of the Niland Chamber of Commerce for many, many years, Jim would have been so very proud to witness the great effort of time and talent everyone put out for such a worthy organization.