In the Giving Spirit

We thoroughly enjoyed seeing how the community rallied around our efforts to raise money for the Colonial Lake Christmas tree. Dozens of individuals and organizations demonstrated the spirit of Christmas by donating money to cover the cost of the tree. The city’s Department of Parks built the new structure with floating platform and steel pole along with new energy-efficient color LED lights. The tree also is outfitted with garland to make the tree more visible during the day.

It was terrific to see how the community wanted to keep this tradition going and it reinforced our belief that people really are connected to their local parks.

The Colonial Lake Christmas tree is a long-standing tradition on peninsular Charleston, dating back to the 1940s. For many who live and work in the area, it’s a signal that the holiday season has begun and a tradition they just couldn’t let disappear.

The following donors contributed $100 or more to the Colonial Lake Christmas tree:

• Star Sponsors: The Rotary Club of Charleston – Breakfast and Johnnie Reed

• Garland Sponsors: In memory of Kenneth B. Ducker and Sergeant Jasper

• Friends of the Tree: Charleston Day School; Sandra Deering; James Martin; Mary Beth Richardson; Christine Reed; Rudy Thomas; John Warren III; Roger White; Mary Williams; Tarrant Properties; and a donation in honor of the Ramsey children.

Even the tree’s littlest fans got into the giving spirit. The children at the nearby Charleston Day School hosted a “dress down day” fundraiser and gave $250 to the cause.

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