A few days later, we received a gracious email
from Katie Bell:
As always we left the theater almost breathless with wonder at what
you all accomplished. The casting for that production was so perfect
the talented voices in this community just blow us away!!!
are dreadfully sad to be leaving a place that has been home off
and on for six years. It has been the privilege of 36 years to be connected
to these heroic families during one of the most challenging periods
USAREUR has known. Among our fondest memories will be the time spent
at Roadside, enjoying the unbelievable entertainment provided. I smile,
even as I write, as the different and varied productions come to mind….not
one single one a favorite, but all cherished.
My thanks to you, Dane, and everyone connected to this theater for
your dedication and commitment to our community. I am so proud that
we are able to have someone of your tremendous caliber doing what you
do so well. We will miss you all so much.
Dane Winters replies:
This was a tremendous surprise and the proudest moment in my almost
20 years of working in Army Entertainment. Such an award from General
Bell is certainly prestigious. However, it meant even more since General
and Mrs. Bell, besides being Roadside patrons, are familiar with the
program, its mission, and our volunteer participants.
We will miss them greatly, especially the sense of excitement the
casts and crews felt when they knew “the Bells and the Gravens”
were in the house.