ADAM FOREMAN/ Lake Gaston Gazette-Observer

Tom Gipson and other residents from the Ferncliff subdivision presented a check for $7,350 to the board members of the Greater Littleton Development Partnership at the National Night Out event in Littleton on Tuesday, August 6. Pictured from left to right in the front row; GLDP treasurer, Jan Sullivan; GLDB event coordinator, Lori Zito; Tom Gipson, Pat Gipson, and Debbie Gravanda. Pictured in the back row is GLDP vice president, Brad Clark; GLDP President Buddy Isles Sr.; Karen Almeida, Roger Almeida, and Tony Gravanda.


Ferncliff subdivision presented a check to the town of Littleton for over $7,000 at the National Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

“We are delighted to support this effort. We are hopeful that it makes a difference, and we look forward to Littleton growing and becoming a much better community for us all,” said Tom Gipson of the Ferncliff subdivision.

Gipson attended an event in Littleton and decided he wanted to do something to help the town. He approached Buddy Isles and Lori Zito of the Greater Littleton Development Partnership and said he’s going to raise some money.

Gipson went to his friends and neighbors in Ferncliff and told them about his experience in Littleton. They were able to raise $7,350. “Littleton is our town and we want to help improve it,” he said.

Gipson lives in Raleigh but built a home on the lake in 1976. He has seen a lot of development and likes what the town is doing.

The GLDP is a not for profit organization geared towards getting the community involved and revitalizing Littleton through marketing, promotion, and event creation. 

“Hopefully next year our events will be open to vendors and business sponsors,” according to Lori Zito, GLDP event coordinator. “Our goal is to bring more people into town, people from Littleton, the lake, and the surrounding areas.”

The National Night Out event was sponsored by Littleton’s Citizens on Patrol and the Littleton Police Department. 

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign designed to promote a stronger partnership between the police and the communities they serve.