DANVILLE — When tornadoes hit the area last November, the Festival of Trees had to close for an entire day.
“We lost all of Sunday,” said Jim Anderson, vice president of Presence United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation. “Family Day is normally our highest revenue producing day.”
A recent donation by County Market stores will help replace that lost revenue and give the festival a boost for next year.
Employees at the six County Market stores, owned by Covington Foods, sold raffle tickets for $5,000 worth of groceries late last year. The sale of those tickets brought in $15,038, which has been donated to the festival’s sponsor, Presence United Samaritans Medical Center’s Foundation.
“Bless County Market for helping us,” said Debbie Michenfelder, development associate/donor relations with the foundation. She noted that County Market gives in-kind donations, as well, to help the Festival of Trees, such as supplying cookies for the festival’s bakery.
“It’s awesome we can do something like that and give back to the community,” said Lisa Fudge, director of human resources for Covington Foods. “We do everything we can to help out.”
Michenfelder said she and Angie Lazzell, event coordinator for the festival, approached Fudge about doing a promotion for Festival of Trees. A grocery raffle was proposed, and all of the County Market stores competed to see who could sell the most tickets. The cashiers who sold the most got a paid day off.
The County Market employees who sold the most tickets at their stores were: Cali Jacobs, Covington, Ind., store; Elizabeth Bund, Attica, Ind.; Megan Fruits, Crawfordsville, Ind.; Amber Brown, Village Mall; Roseanne Cumbow, Towne Centre; and Nicole Meadows, Tilton.
Fudge said the company normally has raffles a couple of times a year at the stores for causes, such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association. “With us, it’s ongoing,” she said. “We are involved in a lot of little things because we’re locally owned.”