Champaign Tree of Hope fundraiser gets over $235,000

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — A non-profit with a recognizable tree is celebrating the second largest amount of donations in its 30 year history.

The Developmental Services Center’s Tree of Hope is on the corner of Prospect Avenue and Marketview Drive. Its lights go on every holiday season to raise money to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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This year, they raised $237,000, beating their goal by $7,000.

“Since we started the Tree of Hope in 1994, we’ve seen a steady increase in the donations that have come in to the fundraiser,” DSC Vice President Jodie Harmon said. “So we always anticipate and hope that the community will come out and support the Tree of Hope campaign, and they did again this year.”

The record amount of donations was in 2021 with $244,000. Those who want to donate can visit DSC’s website.

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