Volunteers essential to Aiken's Makin'

With an event the size of Aiken’s Makin’ that brings thousands of visitors to downtown Aiken, planning, coordination, and implementation are critical at every level.  From the major details of vendor booth placement, electricity, safety, parking, and traffic flow to the small (but important) details of shade and the elimination of ant hills, Aiken’s Makin’ coordinators depend on the integration of many things for a successful show.

Each year numerous dedicated volunteers and their businesses support the popular community effort.  These volunteers give of their time and talents to ensure that Aiken’s Makin’ is a fully integrated event that embodies the essence of handmade art and crafts while showcasing the beauty and attributes of downtown.

"Our volunteers are the heart and soul of Aiken’s Makin’! Their dedication and enthusiasm to showing off the best of Aiken through this event makes it special for all of those attending," said Dr. Deidre Martin, USC-Aiken, vice chair of Business and Community Development for the Aiken Chamber.

2012 Aiken’s Makin’ Volunteers:

Aiken's Makin' Co-Chairs
Shelia Taylor – First Citizens Bank
John McMichael – Hutson-Etherredge Companies

Artists/Crafters Subcommittee
Karen Wilson, Co-Chair
Jan Kirkland, Co-Chair – Regions Bank
Maureen Brickman
Toni Jerome - refresh
Kawanna Nance
Mary O'Hare - MB Jewelry & Beads

Entertainment Subcommittee
Jason Rabun, Chair - Security Federal Bank

Food Vendors Subcommittee
Dave Hepner, Co-Chair - US Department of Energy Savannah River Operations Office
Shane Bagby, Co-Chair - Security Federal Bank
Jesslyn Anderson
Josh Booth – Security Federal Bank
Lee Hepner
Ben Hepner
Kelly Sanders
Robert Sessions – Trinity Lutheran Home

Hospitality Subcommittee/Booth
Amber Holcomb, Co-Chair - Cumberland Village
Anna Bridges, Co-Chair – VistaBank
John Baker – Amerprise
Rod Barrie – Comfort Keepers
Jenny Burghardt – UniHealth Post Acute Care of Aiken
Nancy Cerra – Realtor
Carl Cole – Cole Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Thomas Coleman – Gravatt Camp and Conference Center
Mary Commons – Aiken Technical College
Jennifer Coradi – Woodside Plantation Country Club
Brittni Everhardt – Aiken Regional Medical Centers
Lisa Fair - Laurel Mountain Spring Water
Russell Fernandes – SRP Federal Credit Union
Lindsay Findley – American Red Cross – Aiken
Pegi Flahault – Mobile Office Management, LLC
Frank Fulmer - Veracity Payment Solutions, Inc.
Rebecca Head – The South Company
Matt Herpich – USCA Convocation Center
Rakesh Jasani - Hampton Inn – Aiken
Tony Jones, Sr. – Holley Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.
Adam Lambert – Lambert Insurance Agency
Kim Matthews – SC Metal Products
Tom McDonnell – Cedar Creek Development Corporation
Mike McBride – UniHealth Post Acute Care – Aiken
Woody Malone – Realtor
April Mitchell - Manpower
Lauren Mitchell – Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina
Lauren Molony – Aiken Standard
Barry Moulton – Pinnacle Specialty Group, Inc.
Nicole Murphy – Hilton Garden Inn - Aiken
Daryl Peterson – Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC
Christina Reed – Earthlink Business
Cheri Reese – Reese Financial Services, LLC
Jessie Reeves - Atlantic Broadband
Melody Rick – Ranco Tent Rentals
Georgina Riley – Savannah River Cancer Foundation
Tasha Roberts – Hitchcock Healthcare
Ryan Robinson – Holley Heating and Air Condition, Inc.
Jon Rock – Insphere Solutions
Kim Romaner – Possibilities Amplified, Inc.
Aimee Rusch – Houndslake Country Club
Cathleen Schrade – Allstate Insurance, Dean Nunn Agency
Andrew Siders – ACHS Insurance
Kristen Sojourner – My Aiken Body
Logan Spires – Security Federal Bank
Lisa Stich – Kelly Services
Lisa Taylor – Aiken Lighting
Mike Thomas – South Company
LaShaunda Tucker - Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC

Sponsorship Subcommittee
Sherri Siler, Chair – AGAPE Hospice

Layout Subcommittee
Bart Blackwell, Chair - B & S Machine Tool

Safety/Security Subcommittee
Karl Odenthal – City of Aiken

Kathy Franklin – Elliott Davis, LLC, CPA

Parkway Volunteers
Robert Freitas – The Smith Group
Missy Freitas
Henry Krippner – Aiken Ad Specialties
Mike Lupfer

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