MILAN — The 73rd annual Milan Santa Fund has raised $5,535 toward its $10,000 goal.
The fund, sponsored by the Milan Woman's Club, provides basic clothing, shoes and blankets for children. Food baskets for holiday dinners are provided for the families and eligible seniors in conjunction with the Milan Lions Club.
Applications have been accepted and now are closed.
Donations last year from businesses and local residents raised more than $10,000 to help more than 36 families with 84 children and 28 seniors.
More donations may be sent to Milan Santa, P.O. Box 962, Milan, IL, 61264. For information, call Nancy Brown at (309) 787-5726 or Pam DeMarlie (309) 787-5273.
Contributors so far this year are:
- Darrell and Mary Ann Reynolds, $1,000 - Ericksen Chevrolet-Buick, $1,000 - Trinity United Methodist Womens Group, $60 - Village Auto Outlet, $100 - Kar Mart Inc., $100 - Joe Degreve Inc. DBA Airport Mini Storage, $100 - Tim Nonneman Builders LLC, $50 - Union Federal, $50 - Friends for Verschoore, $100 - Milan Improvement Project, $400 - B&B Drain Tech, $50 - Linda A. Cain, LTD, $50 - Milan Blacktop, $400 - Milan Dental Center, $50 - Colinson & Scott, Attorneys At Law, $50 - James R. Prochaska, $50 - Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, $100 - Wilbur Vault Co., $350 - Bonnett Wholesale Florist, $100 - Village Pub & Grill, $25 - Valley Construction, $25 - Milan American Legion Post 569, $100 - Thermoking Quad Cities, Inc., $100 - Barb and Ed McRoberts, $25 - Shirley and Stephen Bateman, $50 - Casey's General Stores, $100 - Arthur Ernat DBA/Mr. Ed's, $50 - Pard's Western Shop, $25 - Save A Lot-Milan, $50 - Christopher Larsen DMD, $25 - Milan Surplus, $25 - DHCU Community Credit Union, $50 - In memory of Evonne and Julius Lannoo andDoris and Raymond Munday, $25 - Hughes Auto Repair, $100 - American Legion Riders Post 569, $25 - Hardee's -Milan, $25 - First Presbyterian Church-Deacon's Fund, $100 - Reynolds Manufacturing Company, $25 - Milan Indian Summer Festival, $50 - Eureka Lodge No. 69 A.F. & A.M, $100 - Blackhawk Township, $150 - Midwest Horseshoeing Supply, in memory of Dick and Deloris Partlow, $100 - E-Z Livin' Sports Center, $25
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