The Christmas season is over. The Christmas tree have come down, well most of them. The outside lights have been unplugged. However, even with most of Christmas being done and stored away, there is still a need to help cover some Christmas decorating expenses–the town’s Christmas lights and displays.
Each holiday season, the Cut Bank Area Chamber of Commerce funds the expenses for all the beautiful Christmas decorations and lights put up by Billman’s Inc. at the Glacier County Courthouse. Local residents and visitors alike enjoy these beautiful holiday decorations as they sparkle and shine year after year.
The Chamber started out paying the bill for those lights and decorations, with a lot of help from the community. Each year, some lights and decorations need to be repaired or replaced. On top of that, there is an electric bill for those lights glowing brightly for the holiday season. All that costs money and that is where the Chamber hopes you will step in and help them.
This year, the cost for “all the Christmas and holiday lights and activities,” as Erin Kittson, Executive Director of the Cut Bank Area Chamber of Commerce describes them, came in just under $3,000, at $2,926.
“That amount includes the cost to have the decorations and lights on the Courthouse this holiday season, the cost of electricity and decoration replacements,” said Kittson. “So far, we have received $980 in donations for this year’s lighting campaign. We still need almost $2,000 more to cover the costs for the year.”
Any contributions are welcome. “No matter what you can afford to donate, it will help us,” said Kittson. “Every single dollar amount given to our lighting fund helps us cover the costs incurred each holiday season.”
If you are able to make a donation of $250 or more, there will be a plaque with your name on it, placed at the courthouse during the holiday season. This tradition was started back in the early 1990s. The 4x6 plaque will also specify if the donation was made in memory of someone or in honor of someone or if you are an individual or business that wanted to help out the lighting campaign.
Cut Bank Creek Brewery is helping raise funds for the lighting campaign by once again sponsoring their popular “Beer For A Cause” fundrasier at the Brewery.
On Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 5-8 p.m. the “Beer For A Cause” will feature Bingo. The cost to participate is $5 a card. All the money made during Bingo Beer For A Cause, will go right back to the Chamber to help cover the costs for this season’s Christmas light and decoration expenses.
Cut Bank Creek Brewery will pay for the first round of beers ordered by Bingo players at the event. And the Chamber will sponsor a 50/50 drawing that night too.
“The Brewery did this for us last year and, while we didn’t have that big of a turnout last year, we still made some money to help with electricity costs for that season,” Kittson shared. “We are hoping for a bigger turnout this year and hope everyone will join us for the fun and the fundraiser.”
If you prefer to just make a donation to the Chamber for their lighting fund directly, you can do that easily enough. “You can mail a check to the Chamber office at P.O. Box 1243, Cut Bank, MT 59427. Remember to mark your check Christmas Lighting Fund,” said Kittson.
You can also go to the Cut Bank Chamber website and under the “members” tab, there is a renew membership page and at the bottom of that is a button marked “donate.” That will walk you through how to make a donation to the Chamber.
Whatever kind of donation you want to make and how much you want to give, it all helps keep the beautiful lights on each Christmas season.