OLATHE, Kan. — The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund had its most successful year ever with donations surpassing $95,000 — exceeding the goal of $80,000. The 2011 campaign was successful acquiring new donations from many Olathe businesses, including fourteen restaurants who participated in the successful Dining Out for Kids event in November.
Olathe school students gave the fund a huge boost with the Pennies for Shoes campaign benefiting the Children’s Shoe Fund, one of fourteen Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund charities. The students donated over $11,700, 12 percent of the fund-raising total.
“I am deeply grateful for our giving, compassionate community and the visionary leadership of our Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund Board,” said Mayor Michael Copeland. “Each year, they take the fund to a new level, allowing us to help more and more children and families in need. We are especially proud of our Olathe students, whose giving increased nearly 60 percent over last year.”
The beneficiaries of Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund will be presented checks at the February 21 City Council meeting.