(Atlantic) The 2012 five "Scrooge" contestants raised an enormous amount of money that will sure to give the Atlantic food pantry a big shot in the arm next year. Eleanor Hoover says a total of 12,500 canned items were donated to the five candidates combined, and with cash donations, the amount raised totaled right around $16,000.
"The willingness of these candidates has just been awesome and everyone worked very hard," stated Hoover. "They know it is for a good cause and I am proud of each and everyone of them."
Five candidates were vying for a chance to be the "Grand Marshall" at tomorrow night's Christmas Lighted Parade and the winner is Melanie Petty. She raised the most money and will be the Grand Marshall at the Christmas Lighted Paraded tomorrow night through downtown Atlantic.
"I just think it is a great thing that Eleanor Hoover started many years ago and what a great way to help the food pantry and the people in our own community that need help putting food on their table," explained Petty. "We have actually have been helping out the food pantry ever since we lost my son Trevor, so this is something that is close to my heart anyway, and a little competition is always fun anyway."
The five candidates included; Frank Rizzo, KSOM, Melanie Petty, Atlantic Feed Water Systems, Mark Jacobsen, First United Methodist Church, Greg Franken, McAtee Tire, and Bruce Kreutzer, Mahle Engine Components. Each canned food item counted as $1.00, and contestants were encouraged to collect canned items as well as cash donations. The candidate that raises the most, earns the right to be called "Scrooge" and leads the annual Atlantic Christmas Lighted Parade as the "Grand Marshall."
Prior to the parade on Saturday, there will be carriage rides, Santa will be in his cabin from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., as well as the living window displays which open up at 5:00 p.m. in downtown Atlantic.
November 30, 2012