The 26th Annual Tiny Tim Gala, Festival of Trees and Jingle Bell Brunch were a rousing success based on attendance and charitable money raised for the 2012 designated recipients.
Over 900 people took part in the three-day holiday festivities held November 16-18 in The Waterfront Cargill Room. Nearly $73,000 in proceeds will benefit five local organizations, including St. Clare Health Mission, Boys and Girls Club of Greater La Crosse, YWCA Casa for Kids program, Franciscan Healthcare Auxiliary and Bluff Country Family Resources. In 26 years, Tiny Tim events have raised $894,000 for local charities.
The events were made possible with the help of more than 60 sponsors, volunteers who gave thousands of hours of their time, and many other businesses and individuals who donated their talents, time and funds to the events.
The Festival of Trees showcased spectacular trees adorned with Santa Claus and snowmen, hand-made ornaments and many “themed” creations including a princess tree, 70's tree, skating tree, fishing tree, circus tree, peppermint tree, Bucky Badger tree, Dutch tree and fairy tree. The public had the opportunity to vote for their favorite tree. The “Viewer’s Choice” tree was the “Have your Elf a Merry Little Christmas” tree sponsored by the Franciscan Healthcare Foundation and decorated by Diane Melnyk. Live musical entertainment showcased the talented musicians and singers from the Coulee Region during the festivities, as well.
Tiny Tim Gala attendees were treated to exquisite dining set with dazzling table décor, lively musical entertainment, portraits in the lobby, and active bidding during both the silent and live auctions.
Santa and Mrs. Claus were in attendance at the Festival of Trees and complete with sleigh, posed with families at the Jingle Bell Brunch.
Save the date for the 27th Annual Tiny Tim events to be held November 8-10, 2013 at The Waterfront Cargill Room.