December 10, 2020 (Waterloo) – The Salvation Army of Waterloo/Cedar Falls’ traditional mayoral Battle of the Bells challenge will take place once again this year.
Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart will be facing off against Evansdale Mayor Troy Beatty on Saturday, December 12th from 10 am – noon. Both mayors will be attempting to raise the most money for The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign. The challenge has been won by Waterloo’s mayor for the past 11 years.
Mayor Hart will be ringing the bell at the Crossroads Hy-Vee and Mayor Beatty can be found at Fareway in Evansdale. Residents in both cities are encouraged to support their mayor this weekend.
The friendly challenge annually raises anywhere from $2,000-$3,000 for The Salvation Army's Red Kettle campaign. "We truly appreciate the mayors volunteering their time to participate in this event. The support of our local government officials is critical as we raise the funds necessary to provide vital services to our community," says Major Shannon Thies, Waterloo Corps Officer.
The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign has raised to date $287,292, putting the campaign ahead of last year’s pace. The campaign goal of $601,000 accounts for 30% of organization’s annual operating budget, supporting all the programs and services provided by The Salvation Army free of charge to the Cedar Valley. Gifts can be made at the Red Kettles until December 24th, by mail, and online now through the end of the year.
This year, you have an opportunity to host your own red kettle to support The Salvation Army at SalArmy.US/WaterlooKettle. After you create your kettle, you can share it with your friends via social media or email. You can even create competition with your friends and coworkers to encourage others to give to your kettle.
Contact: Reg Nelson, Development and Community Relations Director
O: 319-235-9358, ext. 103