CHAMPAIGN — Developmental Services Center has two more weeks to fill a more than $14,000 gap in its Tree of Hope fund-raising campaign.
The Champaign-based agency — which provides services to people with disabilities — is set to end its fund drive Jan. 31.
DSC is striving to raise $125,000 and had raised $109,535 as of Friday, according to Janice McAteer, DSC development director.
Tree of Hope, launched in early November, is the agency's largest annual fundraiser.
The goal this year was about $25,000 higher than last year's goal. McAteer recalls DSC's board encouraged the higher goal to reflect the increasing need.
"We are short of the goal this year and recognize the increase we made was a significant increase, but it was more representative of the need," she said.
With two weeks to go, DSC hopes to bring Tree of Hope campaign back into the public eye for the final days with a bulb-lighting ceremony set for 4 p.m. Jan. 19 at the agency tree at the corner of Prospect Avenue and Marketview Drive, Champaign.
Bulbs will be lighted reflecting donations received from two December fundraisers: Tons O'Fun Band's sixth annual Christmas show underwritten by Ruedi Holder & Associates and Flooring Surfaces Inc. held at Parkland Theater, and the Tree of Hope radio remote with WDWS' Dave Gentry and Elizabeth Hess held at Panera Bread.
The Tons O'Fun show helped raise $3,250, and the radio remote brought in more than $2,600 from listeners. Plus, Ruedi Holder and Flooring Surfaces each matched the first $500 in donations, bringing the total to $3,600, according to DSC.
The public is invited to the bulb-lighting ceremony.
To donate to Tree of Hope, go to the DSC website at http://www.dsc-illinois.org  or call 356-9176.