The Kiwanis and Junior Auxiliary jointly coordinated Light Up Madison this year on Saturday, Dec. 6, and what a success it was. Becky’s Dance Step Studio started the evening out with a special performance on Pinckney Street between the Courthouse and the Courthouse annex.
Following the dancers, the parade started at 6 p.m., and the Jingle Jog started at 7 p.m. Santa Claus (played by Jim Carey) was at the Norris Drugs building, posing for pictures with the children. Santa Claus saw 150 children that night. At 8 p.m., the event was concluded with the raffling off of a motorized John Deere tractor. Kiwanis President Preston Matthews said the John Deere tractor was made possible by contributions from Badcock, Odiorne Insurance and Madison Veterinary Clinic.
To purchase one raffle ticket for the John Deer tractor, a box or can of food was donated or was sold for $2 a ticket. Light Up Madison collected 10 boxes of food and just under $100 to donate to the food bank.
“Everything was designed to help the community, especially the food bank because we know they are low on food during the holidays,” said Matthews.
Matthews wanted to give special recognition to Corky Brandies for providing the horse drawn carriage for Santa Claus to ride in and for giving rides to guests. He would also like to thank the City of Madison for their efforts in the event.