Community groups receive donations from Christmas concert
KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Half a dozen community organizations received big donations Tuesday from money raised during a Christmas concert.
The "Home for Christmas" concert at the Windermere Theater at the Toyota Center in December raised $30,000. That money was divided equally between community organizations and charities including Catholic Family Services, Boys & Girls Club, the ARC of the Tri-Cities, Junior Achievement, Domestic Violence Services, Safe Harbor Crisis Nursery, and Camp Patriot.
2009 was the third annual "Home for Christmas" Concert, which was started at the Living Room Church in Kennewick. Monte Ingersoll is a pastor there and is also one of the organizers of the concert. He grew up in the Tri-Cities then moved away for a decade and says it's so nice to be back and to be able to make a difference. He explains, "I love this community, I love giving back to it. We just look forward to being able to do more and more and give it all back." He says plans are already in the works for another big concert next year with all the proceeds going back to community groups.