Putnam Stadium’s favorite cheerleader wants to gift wrap nice donation

Donna Childers Suttle, who has a heart for Putnam Stadium like no other, will be using her gift-wrapping skills to raise money for the home of the Ashland Tomcats.

Beginning Thursday, Donna will set up a table at Corbie’s on the corner of 17th Street and Winchester Avenue with her scissors and other tools ready to make your Christmas gift look like nobody else’s. You bring in the gift, the wrapping paper and ribbon and watch her work the magic.

Donna between two of her favorites, the late David Payne, left, and Tomcat broadcasting great Dicky Martin.

She will be there from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Dec. 21.

All she wants in return is a donation to the Putnam Stadium Restoration Committee. Several major projects remain including lights, a sound system and field turf. As Donna knows, every little bit helps.

“There’s a lot of work that still needs to be done,” she said. “We’re not finished with her.”

You can bring in gifts from outside Corbie’s to be wrapped or purchase something from the store and have it wrapped and ready to be put under the Christmas tree. She will also add ribbons to wreaths or other Christmas décor. Donna has decades of experience after working a lifetime at South Ashland Florist where her arrangements were always the best around.

Donna and her sister, Mary, closed the business this year. But, of course, Donna is itching to do something and she has no more important project than Putnam Stadium – a place near and dear to her.

The Tomcats didn’t lose a game in Putnam Stadium this year but won’t return until 2020. The rest of Ashland’s playoff games, no matter how many, will be away from home.

Make checks payable to Putnam Stadium Restoration or donate cash to the project. Credit cards cannot be accepted.

I’ll be joining Donna at Corbie’s on Nov. 30 for a book signing of Ashland Tomcats Football: A Total History. Come buy a book, bring in some gift paper and let Donna wrap it up with a special Tomcat touch. There will be no better gift for the Tomcat in your life.

We will be there for several hours on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in downtown Ashland.

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