American 1’s Winter Wonderland raises over $7,000 for charity

For eleven days in December, the American 1 Event Center at the Jackson County Fairgrounds was transformed into Jackson’s own North Pole for the third year of the American 1 Winter Wonderland (WWL) event, an added event to the Nite Lites in 2008.

Not only did Santa and Mrs. Claus visit, but Santa’s reindeer showed up, with holiday puppet shows and train rides ran every night. New this year, The Home Depot Kid’s Workshop on Friday’s and Saturday’s and the Jackson School of the Arts dance performance on a special night.

For the third year, the Holiday Tree Decoration contest took place in which local businesses and non-profits entered to decorate a tree.

The contest was a fundraiser for charity with 35 live, potted pine trees inside the American 1 Event Center entered into this year’s contest. Guests could vote for their favorite tree by making donations and bid in a silent auction to win the decorations and the tree to take home and plant in their yard. Money raised for each tree was given to a charity chosen by each registrant in the contest.

Guests attending Winter Wonderland donated nearly $6,500 through donations and auction bids. This year’s winning tree was decorated by the 6NW Allegiance Hospital, raising over $700, the highest amount raised by any of the trees, and winning an additional $500 for their charity. The 6NW Allegiance Hospital chose the Stage 4 Traveling Pants, a support organization for women with Stage 4 breast cancer, as their charity and they will receive a donation of over $1,200.

“We thank the community for their support with all we do. If it was not for businesses, organizations and residents getting involved, our community efforts would not have the impact they do,” said Liz Niles, Community Relations Manager for American 1.

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