Butler County Times Gazette
  • Business donates to Downtown Augusta, Inc.

  • One Augusta business has donated $3,000 to kick of a campaign to buy Christmas lights for downtown trees and the round-about at 3rd and State streets.
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  • One Augusta business has donated $3,000 to kick of a campaign to buy Christmas lights for downtown trees and the round-about at 3rd and State streets. Representatives from Spencer, Wernli, & Wilson Advisers presented the check to Downtown Augusta Inc. and the Augusta Community Foundation on Friday, August 8.
    “This is an investment in our community,” said Drew Wilson, Spencer, Wernli, & Wilson Advisers. “I think Downtown Augusta Inc. has done so much to improve the esthetics of our downtown, helping the organization raise funds for Christmas lights is like putting icing on the cake,” said Wilson.
    The Augusta Community Foundation, a subsidiary of the Central Kansas Community Foundation, has partnered with Downtown Augusta Inc. to raise funds for the holiday lighting. Wilson hopes other businesses and individuals will follow his lead and contribute. The goal is to raise $10,000 by September 30th in order to have the energy-efficient solar lights installed by the end of November.
    “I have heard from many citizens over the years wondering why our downtown isn’t lit up for Christmas,” said Matt Childers, Augusta Community Foundation chair and City Council member. “The answer is that we just don’t have the money. This campaign will change that and dove-tails nicely with community expectations.”
    Childers says the plan is to eventually have a large lighted Christmas tree downtown, along with many other Christmas displays, that will draw visitors to the core of Augusta. Organizers hope that lighting the downtown trees is just the beginning of what the future holds.
    “Holiday lighting will attract visitors during an economically important time of the year for downtown businesses,” said Cindy Hicks, Director of Downtown Augusta Inc. “If you get people to turn down State Street, they are more likely to patronize one of our many wonderful shops.”
    Hicks hopes the lighting will give people that extra reason to visit the historical downtown Augusta area. Augusta Mayor Kristey Williams agrees.
    “Our downtown district is the heart of our community and I’m excited to see there’s an effort to make the Christmas season special this year,” said Augusta Mayor Kristey Williams. “I hope everyone will remember to support downtown businesses and consider a contribution to the fund.”
    All contribution to the downtown Christmas light fund will be made through the Augusta Community Foundation and are tax deductible as a charitable contribution. If you would like to make a donation you can contact Cindy Hicks at Downtown Augusta Inc. at 316-775-4585.

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