Press release Bertrand Region Community Fund
BERTRAND — Year-end donations from people in the Bertrand community spurred a challenge grant fundraising effort well beyond its intended purpose.
The Bertrand Area Community Fund is planning a celebration on Jan. 30 to mark the successful completion of the Holthus Challenge, which adds nearly half a million dollars to the fund’s unrestricted endowment.
The three-year $300,000 community fundraising campaign ended at $322,000 and will be met by $150,000 donated by York residents Kelly and Virginia Holthus, formerly of Bertrand.
The Holthus launched the challenge in late 2017 with the stipulation that the community increase their share by December 31, 2021.
“Thank you to everyone in our community, everyone on our BACF committee, and especially Kelly and Virginia for making this possible. It is a cumulative agreement. It took all of us – our time, our efforts and our willingness to come together to achieve this goal,” said BACF President Chris Davison.
“Kelly and Virginia were good friends of my grandparents. Their generosity will benefit our children and our children’s children for generations,” Davison said.
Community Celebration is an open house at the Bertrand Community Building from 2-4 p.m. on January 30. People are invited to say hello to the Holthus and share their dreams for Bertrand’s future. Members of the BACF Advisory Committee will serve cupcakes, coffee, tea and lemonade.