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Wreaths for a Cause from the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research raises $16,000 for Southside Virginia charities

DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) has raised more than $16,000 to benefit area nonprofits with its new “Wreaths for a Cause” vacation program.

Similar to their former holiday program, “Decorate Trees for a Cause,” area businesses and organizations made wreaths in honor of their chosen charities to raise funds through votes or donations.

No fewer than 65 crowns were on display in the IALR atrium. From November 29 to December 14, the public could vote for their favorite wreath by making a donation.

Over 50 charities were represented and each charity was able to keep monetary donations from the two weeks of voting.

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber crown brought in the most money and supported United Way of
Danville-Pittsylvania County. For raising the most funds, an additional $500 was awarded to the nonprofit organization.

Additionally, two random draws of all crowns raised bonuses of $500 each for the Danville Pittsylvania County Cancer Association, supported by Computer Bookkeeping & Tax Service, and Caswell Pet Lifeline Rescue, supported by Linden Rose Boutique.

All of the wreaths were then auctioned off, raising more funds for the supported nonprofits, in an open house with over 100 attendees.

“Not only was the open house a festive and fun holiday gathering, but it was truly rewarding to see the generosity of the guests in attendance as they donated to the many worthy causes represented,” said Ellen Bass of the IALR. “This was the first year that we introduced decorated wreaths as a new version of our previous Christmas tree program, and it was gratifying to see it so well received. We thank all the companies, organizations and participants of the days open houses who have donated their time and resources to help nonprofit organizations
our communities.