Christmas Tree Lane raises $10,000+ for local charities

December 4, 2015 by

Friday evening’s gala party and auction at the Nazareth Motherhouse provided early Christmas gifts totaling more than $10,000 to 15 local nonprofit organizations.

 

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Each group decorated a 4-foot Christmas tree that was auctioned off to the standing-room-only crowd that turned out for the fifth annual Christmas Tree Lane.

Thanks to the efforts of volunteer auctioneer Dannie Kearn, that portion of the evening garnered $9,250 that goes directly to the organizations taking part. In addition, the tree decorated by NCK Down Syndrome Society captured the People’s Choice Award, based on votes by people attending Thursday evening’s Christmas Reception and this evening’s Christmas Tree Lane. That $250 prize is provided by Robert and Lorene Steimel.

A new addition this year was a “Dessert Dash,” where partygoers were asked to donate for the honor of picking one of three special cakes. Donna Brummett, Jodi Rehbein and Janice Vignery donated the desserts. Those donations totaled $1,260, which will be divided among the 15 charities.

Amber Rogers, playing a hammer dulcimer, provided musical entertainment for the annual event.

The idea behind Christmas Tree Lane, according to Holly Brown, development director for the Sisters of St. Joseph, is to give local nonprofit organizations a chance to raise extra funds at the time of year many of them need the money most. And, she noted, it serves as something of a Christmas gift from the Concordia sisters to other local charities.

Here is the list of organizations taking part, the buyer and the amount the tree sold for:

  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters — Kathy Warkentin, $250
  • Brown Grand Theatre — Becky Kindel, $250
  • Christmas Lighting Committee (Chamber of Commerce) — Jeremy Will, $1,500
  • Cloud County Community College Foundation — Danette Toone, $950
  • Cloud County Health Center — Meredith Rosenbaum, $300
  • Cloud County Health Center Auxiliary — Dana Brewer, $400
  • Cloud County Resource Center — Tom Tuggle, $250
  • Concordia Elementary School Parents in Education — Niki Henderson, $400
  • Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas — Sarah Jenkins, $200
  • Helping Hands, at Manna House of Prayer — Marty Tatum, $400
  • NCK Down Syndrome Society —Camey Thurner, $2,100
  • NCK Paws — Danette Toone, $375
  • OCCK Inc. — Dana Brewer, $275
  • Orphan Train Museum & Complex — Kirk Lowell, $650
  • Relay for Life — Lisa Brewer, $950

 

 

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One Response to “Christmas Tree Lane raises $10,000+ for local charities”

  1. Jodi Creten on December 5th, 2015 6:37 am

    What a great event both for community building and for supporting the many local organizations. Thanks to all who worked so hard to make it all possible, and thank you, Sarah Jenkins, for bringing it all to us who live afar!

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