2017-11-29 / Front Page

Memorial Tree Lighting – Donations Needed

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


The annual lighting of the Memorial Tree located at the Caboose on Cotton Avenue will be 5 p.m. Dec. 8th. Tree Lights and Star Lights may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce office. All proceeds benefit the Nancy Wolfinger Scholarship Fund. 
(Staff photo by Deborah Bennett) The annual lighting of the Memorial Tree located at the Caboose on Cotton Avenue will be 5 p.m. Dec. 8th. Tree Lights and Star Lights may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce office. All proceeds benefit the Nancy Wolfinger Scholarship Fund. (Staff photo by Deborah Bennett) The kick-off event of the local Christmas season is traditionally the lighting of the Memorial Tree located at the Caboose on Cotton Avenue. The Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the event for years as a way of funding a scholarship in memory of former Chamber Director Nancy Wolfinger.

Each year, $250 scholarships are presented to as many graduating seniors at Jenkins County High School as funds allow. In 2016, there were funds available to present two $250 scholarships to graduating seniors from the Class of 2016. Only one senior from the Class of 2017 received the scholarship in May, due to lack of funds.

Mandy Underwood, Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce/Development Authority Executive Director, said the account’s revenue is extremely low and donations are needed in order to continue the scholarship.

Memorial Tree Lights may be purchased in memory/honor of someone for $15. Star lights may be purchased in memory/honor of someone for $25. Checks should be made payable to the Nancy Wolfinger Scholarship Fund. Mail checks with information to the Chamber at: 548 Cotton Avenue, Millen, GA 30442 or drop by the office to make your purchases and payments.

The Memorial Tree Lighting ceremony will take place 5 p.m. Dec. 8th at the Caboose on Cotton Avenue. The support of the community is needed in order to continue this worthwhile project. All proceeds go to the Nancy Wolfinger Scholarship Fund.

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