Chamber surpasses $3K goal for Christmas lights
Christmas lights turn on Friday after fundraiser to replace stolen bulbs
The Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce raised $3,223.20 to replace holiday light bulbs stolen sometime after last year's Christmas season.
"Somebody stole over 500 of our Christmas bulbs," said Mindi Artherton, chamber director. "This year, we put together an effort to raise money for that to replace those missing bulbs as well as raise any additional money [for next year]."
Artherton said nobody was arrested for the incident. The fundraiser started in March, and the goal was $3,000. Local businesses and residents contributed toward the campaign, and the pumpkin decorating contest during the Cassville Chili and Salsa Cook-off raised $433 for the light bulbs.
"We're sitting pretty good," said Artherton, who has ordered replacement bulbs. "We have about $1,500 in that account. So, that will get us through this season and hopefully next year if we have any issues come up."
The downtown Christmas lights turn on Friday and turn off after New Year's Day.
Cassville Mayor Bill Shiveley, the city of Cassville and Barry Electric Cooperative maintain the lights, and the lights around the square stay up all year. The city and Barry Electric installed and turned on the lighted snowflakes on Thursday.
People can still make tax-deductible contributions toward the Christmas lights through Progress and Action through Community Effort, which is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that owns the chamber building at 504 Main St.
The other reasons for the fundraiser were to replace bulbs around recently remodeled buildings, and to replace bulbs that burn out, said Landon Fletcher, PACE president.
If anyone has any questions about the Christmas lights or how to make a contribution, they may contact the Cassville Chamber office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 417-847-2814.