More than $23,800 was distributed to 15 local nonprofits as a result of the eighth annual Watertown Area Community Foundation Christmas Tree Fundraiser. All 15 participating non-profits met their match goal of $300.
The Mellette House was the top fundraiser with $7,799raised. The Foundation’s match of $300 and the $500 Foundation grant for most donations brought the Mellette House’s grand total to: $8,599. Second place went to Glacial Lakes Multicultural Center with $2,599 and third to Codington County Heritage Museum with $1,452 raised, both before the $300 Foundation match.
“This is always a great fund raiser for the Mellette House,” said Prudy Calvin. “I know the Mellette Memorial Association and the other participants really appreciate the Foundation for sponsoring it and the Library for hosting it each year. It’s a great program for all of us.”
The event aims to bring awareness as well as monetary support for each organization. Other participants included: 60’s Plus Dining, Beacon Center, Boy Scout Troop 209, Boys & Girls Club, Community Transit, East-Central CASA, Goss Opera House, Lake Area Zoological Society, NorthernPrairie Arts/ Northeast Artists, PACH, Watertown Love and Watertown Regional Library.
“Congratulations to the Mellette House,” said Jan DeBerg, WACF executive director. “The unrestricted funds Mellette House and the others receive will be a big help throughout 2021. We thank the donors who contributed and the library and its staff for their support.”