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2016 Grand Marshal
2016 Grand Marshal
Sheridan Celebrates Announces 2016 Grand Marshal

On Saturday, September 24, the Sheridan Celebrates Committee will honor community servant, LaVaughn Gillespie as the 2016 Parade Grand Marshal. Make sure to attend this western-themed parade, “Sheridan Celebrates the Wild Wild West,” which will have the same route as 2015, starting at 10 am on the Fort Logan Mental Health Center campus.

Honoree, LaVaughn Gillespie, served as the elected City of Sheridan Treasurer starting in 1981 performing duties through 2000. With an accounting degree from CU Denver that she earned in 1975, she was aptly appointed to the position and then was reelected many times until term limits imposed her retirement. Gillespie would leave her job, at Amazing Grace Church, every weekday and come to City Hall to collect funds and make the bank deposits. “Although it took some effort on a daily basis, I really enjoyed my elected position and the interaction I had with the community.”

Encouraged by doctors to move to Colorado in 1953, due to her husband Eugene’s asthma, the couple settled in Sheridan and raised two children, Diane Mourning and David Gillespie. Eugene joined Sheridan’s volunteer fire department and the family attended the many potlucks and other gatherings sponsored by this group. “The volunteer fire department folks became our family since we did not know a single soul when we moved to Sheridan.” Gillespie’s dedication to the community life of Sheridan continues today. She has attended Sheridan Celebrates every year since her arrival in the neighborhood in 1953. One year, Gillespie was a parade participant as part of a dance group from South Park Mobile Home Community. “I think Sheridan Celebrates is wonderful. It’s about the community coming together and making folks aware that we are a full community with a lot of history.”

The Sheridan Celebrates Committee welcomes your involvement in both of the 2016 parades on Saturday, September 24. New this year, the Children’s Parade will commence at 9 am on the soccer practice field east of Sheridan High School, 3201 W. Oxford Ave. If you would like to participate in either or both parades, please contact the Coordinator, Jean Ray at . If you have suggestions or ideas for the Sheridan Celebrates Committee, attend the next meeting on Thursday, March 10, at Sheridan Recreation Center, 3325 W. Oxford Ave. 6:30 pm. You can also post on the Sheridan Celebrates Facebook page at or call the hotline at 303-438-3321.

City of Sheridan
City of Sheridan Colorado
4101 S. Federal Blvd, Sheridan, Colorado 80110-5399     Ph: 303-762-2200     Fx: 303-438-3398
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