The Olathe Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund campaign has raised an astonishing $131,581.58, exceeding its $110,000 goal. Since its inception in 2007, the campaign has raised $546,724.82 for local charities.
Mayor Copeland praises the work of board members and the community in setting a new record for community giving. “This is fantastic news for our charities. We are so fortunate to have such a visionary Board and caring, big-hearted donors. Olathe residents know that their neighbors truly care and are committed to helping them through difficult times. What a wonderful community we serve,” he said.
Nearly 14% of the campaign total came from Olathe Public Schools students from the Pennies for Shoes campaign. Olathe students donated $18,353.40 in loose change in jugs that were placed in district schools. Mayor Copeland and Board Chair Darren Odum lauded the efforts of area students who so generously gave to assist their peers in need.
“I want to thank our dedicated Board members and our generous community, including our outstanding corporate partners and Olathe students, who stepped up once again to help our children and families in need. Our success is the culmination of months of planning, special events and a lot of hard work,” said Odum.
The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund supported 15 local charities in 2013. To donate and to learn more about the fund and the charities it supports, visit Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund.