Institute for Advanced Learning and Research’s “Crowns for a Cause” Raises $ 16,000 for Local Charities

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) has raised more than $ 16,000 to benefit nonprofits in the area with their new “Wreaths for a Cause” vacation program.

Similar to their old vacation program, “Decorate Trees for a Cause”, businesses and organizations in the area have made wreaths in honor of their chosen charities to raise funds through votes or donations.

No less than 65 wreaths were exhibited in the atrium of the IALR. From November 29 to December 14, the public could vote for their favorite crown by making a donation.

Over 50 charities were represented and each charity was able to keep the monetary donations from the 2 weeks of voting.

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Crown grossed the most money and was in support of United Way of
Danville-Pittsylvania County. For raising the most funds, an additional $ 500 was awarded to the association.

Additionally, two all-crown raffle draws grossed $ 500 each for the Danville Pittsylvania County Cancer Association, supported by Computer Bookkeeping & Tax Service, and Caswell Pet Lifeline Rescue, supported by Linden Rose Boutique.

All of the wreaths were then auctioned off, raising more funds for the supported nonprofits, during an open house with over 100 attendees.

“Not only was the open house event a festive and fun holiday gathering, it was truly gratifying to see the generosity of the guests in attendance as they donated to the many worthy causes represented,” said Ellen Bass of IALR. . “This was the first year that we introduced decorated wreaths as a new take on our previous Christmas tree program, and it was gratifying to see it so well received. We thank all the companies, organizations and open house attendees who donated their time and resources to help nonprofits in
our communities.


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