The Lighthouse receives grant from Foundation's 2014 Charity Tree contest at the Walk of Trees
(Talk of the Town photo by Jennifer Zartman Romano)
Chelsey Barrell of the Whitley County Community Foundation, above, puts finishing touches on the Foundation's tree at the annual Walk of Trees inside the historic Clugston senior apartment building in downtown Columbia City. Once again this year, the tree welcomed guesses about how much faux money was on the tree. Below, in this photo provided by the Foundation, Esther Smith accepts a grant for $763 from John Slavich of the Whitley County Community Foundation.
By Jennifer Zartman Romano
They say money doesn't grow on trees -- but for Whitley County resident Esther Smith, it certainly did this week.
Smith made the correct guess about how much faux money covered the Whitley County Community Foundation's Charity Tree at the 2014 Walk of Trees in downtown Columbia City. After scanning the tree and the small bills hung all over it, Smith guessed $725 -- which was the closest guess to the actual amount on the tree: $763.
For making the correct guess, Smith won a very real monetary gift -- a $763 grant to designate the charity of her choice.
"The closest guess without going over would get the opportunity to direct a grant in the actual amount to their favorite Whitley County 501(c)(3) charity," said Chelsey Barrell of the Whitley County Community Foundation.
Barrell said Smith planned to designate her $725 grant to the Interfaith Mission, the entity that oversees The Lighthouse Shelter, Whitley County's homeless and transitional living shelter.
Barrell was pleased with the community's participation in the Charity Tree contest this year.
"This year, we had 65 entries with guesses ranging from $50 to $1000," added Barrell. "Thank you to everyone who participated in the event."