Suburban Propane, SPD Market commemorate 9/11 with Community Day |

Suburban Propane, SPD Market commemorate 9/11 with Community Day

Nevada Union High School band performs during Suburban Propane Community Day Thursday in the SPD parking lot on West McKnight Way in Grass Valley.
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Local residents gathered Thursday at the Grass Valley SPD Market parking lot for Suburban Propane’s inaugural Community Day, a 9/11 commemorative event the company held to raise money for local nonprofits and school groups.

“We remember the events of 9/11 and how it affected our community in bringing us all together,” Grass Valley Suburban Propane Operations Manager Kevin Darwazeh said. “So there’s nothing more appropriate than celebrating that, and remembering that, and bringing the community together.”

Hosted by Suburban Propane, a local and nationwide marketer and distributor of energy products, and SPD Market, the event featured a full-set barbecue reserved for community members who donated one dollar or more to any of the five different nonprofit and school groups present at the gathering, which included Nevada Union High School marching band and FFA program, Women of Worth, and veterans groups Home Town Heroes, and the local American Legion chapter.

NU FFA member Fallyn Foster said having fundraising events are essential for keeping groups like NU’s agriculture program running.

“Since we’re youth and agriculture, we’re kind of like the future of agriculture and if we don’t have support from our community then there’s no way we’d be able to thrive in the community and continue to be a part of it,” Foster said. “If I wasn’t in the (agriculture) program I really wouldn’t have a direction.”

The American Legion, a local military veterans organization, was at the Community Day raising funds for its program which gives out annual scholarships to deserving students, helps fund local school programs, and donates money to veterans who attend college.

Jodi Woodard, a member of the group, said all the money raised Thursday will be used for services in this county.

“We are here also to remember the civilian lives that were lost on 9/11, the firefighters, the police, the people who were killed,” Woodard said. “We want to remember them and honor them, and remember those that have served us and are serving us now.”

Vietnam veteran Bob Germann said the American Legion is focusing on especially helping young veterans who have recently fought overseas.

“They’re fighting on and off overseas all these years,” Germann said. “When I went to Vietnam I was there for three months, and these guys go back year after year, so they need to be remembered and recognized.”

Grass Valley SPD Market Store Manager Greg Wasley said celebrating the community on 9/11 is an important tradition he hopes SPD can be a part of for years to come.

“It’s 9/11 and it’s an important day in our history to remember,” Wasley said. “I think SPD focuses on helping in all the community events that we can possibly do, and this one is going to help out quite a few groups, so I’m just glad we can use our parking lot, and I think it’s very positive for Suburban Propane to do something like this.”

Grass Valley Suburban Propane Manager Marty Morris said that the Community Day is also a chance for his business to give back.

“I really feel now in our country that a lot of people have lost faith in companies in general,” Morris said. “We care about our community, we’re not just some big bad company, we care about our community, we care about a healthy community because a healthy community equals good business for us.”

Attendees that donated at the Community Day received old fashioned barbecue, free reusable grocery bags, and depending on how much they donated, free gas cylinder refills. A raffle was also held for people to win free cylinders and camp chefs from Suburban Propane.

The event also featured the NU marching band which played several songs, and the national anthem in commemoration of 9/11. NU band program president Charles Comerate said he has never seen an event like Community Day held in Grass Valley.

“Especially on a day like this, community is important, because that’s what got us through it, is we came together as a nation, and a community,” Comerate said.

“Music has this weird way of bringing all kinds of different people together in all kinds of ways, and I think it’s pretty cool that the band gets to play some music to help our community on this day.”

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email or call 530-477-4236.

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