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Salvation Army Says Donations Are Up

Salvation Army Says Donations Are Up

The Salvation Army of Dane County said more people are ringing bells and giving this holiday season.

Preliminary retail numbers show more people are shopping this holiday season, and it looks like Dane County's shoppers are giving more to those famous red kettles.

The Salvation Army of Dane County said its current kettle donation total of $156,000 is up $10,000 from last year at this time. And bringing technology to the forefront of its Red Kettle campaign, the Salvation Army is hoping QR codes help recruit volunteers and prompt shoppers to make credit card donations.

"We have worked very hard this season to get the coverage," said Maj. Loren Carter. "Because we figured that each shift represents about a $100 of income at each location. And so the coverage is very important."

Out of 12,000 total bell ringing shifts, 7,000 shifts are left for the season. The goal for this year's campaign is set at $715,000.

Holiday Wine And Cheese Tasting To Benefit Cheer Wisconsin

A holiday wine and cheese tasting and holiday gift open house will be held on Dec. 9 with the proceeds to benefit Cheer Wisconsin Booster Club's Uniform Fundraiser.

Attendees will enjoy a wide variety of gourmet Wisconsin cheeses hosted by Metcalfe's Market, paired with an array of premium California Wines. Presented by Jim "Abby" Abdnermolden C.S.W. (Certified Specialist of Wine).

Vendors will be available for holiday shopping. Some of the vendors participating are: Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, 31, Silpada, Art & Jewelry by Jennifer Reagles, Scentsy and many more.

The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Roundtable, 1611 North Bristol St. in Sun Prairie.

The cost is $25 per person.

There will also be a raffle, silent auction and cash bar.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at Cheer Wisconsin, Metcalfe's or Prairie Athletic Club.

Local Church Hosts Local Vendor Fair

Local Church Hosts Local Vendor Fair

Good Shepard Episcopal Church in Sun Prairie will host Elves Night In Vendor Fair on Sunday, Dec. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The church is located at the corner of Highway 19 and C.

Organizers said avoid the mall and find that perfect gift from a variety of vendors all under one roof.

Each vendor will highlight gift ideas to make shopping easy and affordable and it's all in a relaxed holiday shopping environment.

A silent auction will benefit the American Family Children’s Hospital Family Meal Program.

The Vendor List includes business such as PartyLite Candles, Tupperware, Miche Bags, Norwex, Discovery Toys, Cookie Lee, Wild Tree, Mary Kay, Lia Sophia, Pampered Chef, Cookie Lee and The Felted Soap Lady.

Dane Co. Exec Urges Buying Local On Black Friday

Dane Co. Exec Urges Buying Local On Black Friday

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is urging the public to buy local on Black Friday to help support local businesses in the area and return valuable dollars to the county's economy. 

Leaders and retailers from Dane Buy Local, a coalition that advocates for thinking local first, joined Parisi at the event Tuesday.

"Eighty-six percent of the county's businesses employ 10 or fewer people," Parisi said.  "By buying local on Black Friday, and throughout the year, we can support these working families, create and retain jobs in the area, and make a real positive impact on our local economy."

Online Auction Supporting Local Businesses Is Under Way

Organizers said that an online auction selling local goods to benefit the nonprofit organization Dane Buy Local is off to a successful start.

Dane Buy Local said the hyper-local project uses technology and social media to support the common message of buying and supporting local business.

DANE Exclusive Deals is using Facebook and SMS text message tools to host a Bid-A-Thon, an online auction, which is happening now and will end on Sept. 30 at 5 p.m.

Bid-A-Thon can be accessed at http://deals.auctionanything.com/

Participants can bid on over 250 gift cards and prizes from various local businesses.

Bidders will be able to track bidding activity on items through text alerts right to their phones. For more information, text AUCTION to 30364.

Colonial Club Senior Center To Host 40th Anniversary Open House

Colonial Club Senior Center To Host 40th Anniversary Open House

The Colonial Club Senior Activity Center will host a 40th anniversary open house on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m.

A special program will be held to commemorate the day at 2:30 p.m. The program will feature Jim Sykes, former Wisconsin Cheeseman employee and aging expert. The Wisconsin Cheeseman is the business that built the Colonial Club.

For more information about the Colonial Club and the activities and services they offer, go to www.colonialclub.org.

Online Auction To Benefit Dane Buy Local

Online Auction To Benefit Dane Buy Local

An online auction is being held later this month in which all proceeds will benefit the nonprofit organization Dane Buy Local.

The mission of Dane Buy Local is to support local businesses within the community while raising awareness of the importance of buying locally.

DANE Exclusive Deals will use Facebook and SMS text message tools to host a Bid-A-Thon, an online auction, Sept. 24-30.

Participants will have the opportunity to bid on more than 250 gift cards and prizes from various local businesses. Bidders will be able to track bidding activity on items through text alerts right to their phone. This can be done from any mobile phone with premium text message capabilities. For more information, text AUCTION to 30364.

For more information about the Bid-A-Thon, people can also visit http://www.facebook.com/DaneExclusiveDeals.