Scrooge contest well underway

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The annual Scrooge contest is underway with community leaders competing for the honor of being Grand Marshall of this year's holiday parade. In order to show the charitable, fun-loving spirit of Christmas, four well-known Storm Lake medical professionals have volunteered to be "Scrooge-Elects" to help raise money for Santa's Castle.

The community may "vote" for their favorite Scrooge by placing donations to Santa's Castle in the container of their favorite Scrooge. Many businesses will have containers for all the candidates as well as the Chamber of Commerce. The last day to contribute will be Wednesday, Nov. 26. The candidate who collects the most donations will become our "Scrooge" and be honored as the Grand Marshall of the Miracle on Lake Avenue Parade on Saturday, Nov. 29. The candidates for the Scrooge contest are:

* Dr. Tim Daniels of the Trimark Family Center

* Linda McClintock of the United Community Health Center

* Dr. Troy Ivey of Buena Vista Regional Medical Center Specialty Clinic

* Dr. David Crippin of Trimark BV Clinic

Remember, you can vote for any candidate as many times as you would like. If you choose to vote with a check, please make your checks payable to Santa's Castle, Box 584, Storm Lake, Iowa 50588, as all proceeds go to Santa's Castle.

Many participating stores will have a new brochure on hand called "Home for the Holidays" in Storm Lake. Stop in and pick one up featuring a schedule of many holiday events held in the community. Santa's Castle and Miracle on Lake Avenue's "Home for the Holidays" are projects of the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce. For more information please contact Marilyn Monson at 712-732-3780 or go online at

Santa's Castle offers children a wonderful experience this holiday season by going online to, write their letter to Santa, e-mail it off and then visit Santa's Castle where they will receive a personalized letter from Santa including their picture sitting on his lap. The fun first begins by purchasing their Santa's Castle ticket at participating stores. Then, from their home computers they may log on, answer a few quick questions and make out their Christmas wish list. This information then awaits Santa at the Castle to read over and make the child's visit with him very special. While online, the children are also able to play reindeer games. Visit Santa's Castle online at

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