The Kiwanis Holiday Lights brought in $50,000 in November and December, according to a news release issued by the organization Tuesday morning. Even with 1 million LED lights, it cost less than $50 dollars a night! The $50,000 made will be shared among 82 non-profits in the area. The sum raised at the third annual event was an increase of $10,000 from the 2013 numbers.
Along with 61 Greater Mankato businesses as cash sponsors and 33 additional businesses participating, 31 area restaurants donated food to help feed volunteers during the event, it’s set-up, and the tear-down. There was also volunteer Santa visited with more than 4,000 children!
The 2014 edition of the Kiwanis Holiday Lights lasted 34 nights and attracted 165,000 visitors. It also gathered 14.1 tons of food to be shared among 15 area food shelves.