Christmas Tree Fundraiser

The fund-raising event begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs through Dec. 31. During that time, the public is invited to vote for their favorite tree(s) by utilizing the slips provided at the library to cast their ballots with $1 per vote. The Watertown Area Community Foundation will match up each organization’s total donations up to $300 and the organization with the most donations will receive an additional $500 grant from the Foundation.

Jan DeBerg, executive director of the Watertown Area Community Foundation distributed checks to the participating organizations in the 2016 WACF Christmas Tree Fundraiser. Nearly $18,000 was raised and all organizations made the $300 match by the Foundation. Front, from left, are Megan Fischback, Lake Area Child Protection Team; Kate Deen, Beacon Center; Kelly Jaderborg, Boys & Girls Club of Watertown; Jodi Loehrer, Codington County 4-H; Char Torgerson, Watertown Volunteer Center, and Margaret Davis, Watertown Senior Activities Center. Back row: Collette VanWell, Special Olympics of Watertown; Prudy Calvin, Mellette House; Nancy Johnson, Town Players; Wendy Cline, Watertown Area Transit; Christy Lickei, Codington County Historical Society; Mike Mullin, Watertown Regional Library; Kim Konrad, Lake Area Zoological Society; and DeBerg. Not pictured are representatives from Habitat for Humanity for Greater Watertown Region and Holy  Name Boy Scouts Troop 209. Mellette House was the top fundraiser with a total of $4,918 before its $300 match and an additional $500 grant awarded by the Foundation for receiving the most votes/dollars. The Foundation and organizations thank the library for hosting the event and all of the donors who supported the effort.