PACE receives $500 donation for downtown area Christmas lights

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Commerce Bank of Barry County recently made a $500 donation to the Progress and Action through Community Effort (PACE), a non-profit, volunteer organization aiming to promote economic and environmental well-being in Cassville, that will help the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce repair and maintain the Christmas lighting on the courthouse square. Those pictured include, from left: Mike McCracken, president of Commerce Bank and PACE board member; Mindi Artherton, director of the Chamber; Landon Fletcher, president of PACE; and Debra Mitchell, vice president of Commerce Bank. Kyle Troutman/

The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce has been responsible for the upkeep of the Christmas lights in the downtown area since 2003 and would like to ensure the Christmas lights continue to glow bright this holiday season.

Repairs and maintenance to the Christmas lights around the square, and the nativity scene that is placed in Oak Hill Cemetery, will be made in the next few weeks, and the chamber is requesting the help of all those who enjoy and appreciate the lights. The purchase of replacement light bulbs and other supplies to keep the lights securely fastened to the building must also be made prior to the 2014 holiday season.

Mindi Artherton, director of the Chamber, said the goal is to raise about $3,000 for repairs and upkeep to the lights, and any excess donations would be placed in a fund for future lighting needs.

"A contribution, of any amount, would be greatly appreciated, and be put to good use in our community," she said.

In partnership with the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, Progress in Action through Community Effort (PACE) has accepted the Christmas Lighting Project as a PACE project, thus, those interested in helping can make a tax deductible contribution to PACE.

Checks can be mailed to 504 Main St. in Cassville, and the memo line should read "Christmas Lights." Checks should be payable to PACE. Any additional monies that remain after repairs are made will be left in the PACE account for future lighting needs.

Commerce Bank of Barry County recently made a $500 contribution to kick off this fundraising effort.

"Commerce Bank is a huge supporter of the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce," said Mike McCracken, president of Commerce Bank and PACE board member. "When the Chamber agreed to take on the Christmas light project in our city, we agreed to donate to the project as needed to maintain the quality of the event. It is a project the area seems to enjoy, and we very much enjoy helping."

For more information, people may contact Artherton at 417-847-2814 or email

For more information about PACE, people may contact Landon Fletcher, PACE president, at 417-847-6623.