As the grateful recipient of this year's Festival of Trees outstanding success, The Baby Fold thanks all the community volunteers, sponsor and attendees who made the event a resounding success. The 2005 Festival netted a solid $135,000, exceeding the goal by $10,000!
Each year, The Baby Fold faces a budget deficit due to an increased need for child and family services in our community and a lack of increased funding from the state. There is a real need in central Illinois for specialized education, residential treatment, early intervention, adoption and foster care that we all must fight to protect.
Thankfully, the generous support of this community helps to offset part of our annual deficit by their attendance, sponsorship and donations to the Festival of Trees. This support means that hundreds of children and families in your own neighborhoods will continue to receive the services they require for building safe, loving and healthy lives.
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Thank you, McLean County and beyond, for being a part of The Baby Fold family. May you enjoy a blessed Christmas and extended holiday season, knowing that you did make a difference again this year.
Dale S. Strassheim
The writer is chief executive officer, The Baby Fold, Normal.