Kettle Kick-off Raises Over $189,000 For Needy
The twenty-second annual Salvation Army Kettle Kick-off raised over $189,000 during their seven minute “dash for cash” this year. The funds will help the less fortunate at Christmas time and throughout the year. Celebrity bellringers worked the crowd of over 1100 guests for money in their red kettles. Lynda Venturini was presented an appreciation award for heading up The Salvation Army Coats for Kidz drive for 17 years.
The “Christmas Angels” team of Mary McGranahan, Kenni Friedman, Pam Harmon and Stacey Filippi took first place in the celebrity bellringer competition by collecting $47,978 in their kettles. The “Samaritans 1” team of Lynn Dickerson from Modesto Rotary and Jeremiah Williams of Modesto Kiwanis came in a close second with $47,459. The “Saints and Centurions” with Cecil Russell of the Chamber of Commerce and Pastor David Kerr of Trinity Presbyterian Church placed third with $7,623. There were 25 teams with 56 celebrity bellringers. Money floated down from the rafters again this year--$5,000 in one dollar bills--for guests to gather up and put in the kettles while the brass ensemble played Christmas music.
Thank you to all those who attended, donated services and time, and to you for your continued support of The Salvation Army in Modesto!