Christmas Tree Fundraiser

Fifteen nonprofits are starting the New Year with a little boost thanks to the annual Christmas Tree Fundraiser sponsored by the Watertown Area Community Foundation. The event, traditionally hosted at the Watertown Regional Library, brought in a total of nearly $18,000 which includes matches from the Foundation.

The public supported the effort through December by voting ($1 each) for their favorite trees/organizations. The Foundation matched donations up to $300 per organization and the organization with the most votes received an additional $500 grant. This year, that organization was Two Sides of the Same Coin. The organization’s grand total (including match and grant) was $3,564. In second place was the Codington County Heritage Museum and in third was the Watertown Volunteer Center.Who Are We?

Two Sides of The Same Coin was started by Mary Rose Redlin, a native of Watertown who was a UN volunteer in Uganda.  Her experience working in private sector development was the foundation to build a holistic project, one that would give women not only the skills to run a business but also capital to get the business off the ground. The organization has been working with women in Uganda, East Africa as well as in Watertown.

The other nonprofits receiving funds were: 60’s Plus Dining/Meals on Wheels, Beacon Center, Boys & Girls Club of Watertown, Codington County 4H, Lake Area Child Protection Team, Lake Area Zoological Society, Salvation Army, Town Players, Watertown Area People Against Child Hunger, Watertown Area Special Olympics, Watertown Figure Skate Club and the Watertown Regional Library.

“The Foundation and nonprofits thank the public for their generous support,” said Jan DeBerg, WACF executive director. “These ‘unrestricted’ funds will come in handy for these organizations as 2018 gets under way.” Special thanks to the library for hosting the annual event.


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