Thursday, April 26, 2012

Contribution to Local Festival is A Fitting Tribute

(Left to Right)Pam Carpenter-Summers presents a check to the Gathering at Garst Committee in memory of her late husband, Dan Summers. Pictured are Jenny Clark, Dr. Clay Johnson, Michael Glass, Pam Carpenter-Summers, Karen and John Burkett are pictured.
Greenville native, Pam Carpenter-Summers began searching for a way to honor her husband Dan, when he lost his battle with cancer earlier this year. Although he was not a Darke County native, Dan had a special place in his heart for Greenville and the people that live here due to their spirited nature and deep historical roots. So when the opportunity arose to contribute to the 2012 Gathering at Garst by sponsoring the entertainment headliners for this year’s event, Pam chose to contribute the $2500 in memory of her husband Dan Summers.

As a life-long Californian, Dan always wanted to live in the Midwest. Throughout his childhood he and his Mother traveled by train to Missouri where he spent many summers visiting his Grandparents farm and experiencing the life and culture that the Midwest has to offer. Dan finally made his dream a reality when he and Pam relocated to the Miami Valley region upon retiring from their careers in San Diego. As a life-long train enthusiast, Dan and Pam rode the rails throughout the United States and he spent much of his spare time learning about, talking about and seeking out trains.

Although Pam was confident that Dan would agree with her decision to honor his memory by contributing to the Gathering at Garst, it was confirmed on the day that she presented the check to the Committee. As Pam and her sister walked out of the Museum doors and approached their car, a train whistle echoed through the air. Pam and her sister smiled at each other and knew that Dan approved of Pam’s decision.

The 2012 Gathering at Garst Committee would like to thank Pam Carpenter-Summers and the late Dan Summers for the Sponsorship Contribution which will bring the Beatles Dedication Band “The Cavern Beat” to the Gathering at Garst on Saturday, July 28th from 7:00-9:00pm. Additional musical artists will be performing throughout the two-day event (entertainment schedule to be released in June). Be sure to mark your calendars for Gathering at Garst… Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, July 29th. Visit our website at for frequently updated details or “LIKE” our Facebook page to learn more.

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