Make the Holidays a little brighter (AGAIN):
Contribute a tax-deductible donation of $20 or more to buy 50-bulb string of lights that will help transform historic Mercer Street into a Winter Wonderland.
The DSVB for the second year in a row, is launching a campaign to “Light Up Historic Mercer Street”. And, we are asking the community to help make the holidays a little brighter this year by contributing a tax-deductible donation of $20 or more. Each $20 donation will purchase a 50-bulb string of lights that will help transform historic Mercer Street into a Winter Wonderland. Funding also includes installation, removal and storage of the lights. This year, we plan to add some photo opps and some interactive displays!
Our goal in 2019 was to raise $10,000.00.
Holidays in the Hill Country are a joyous season and one of celebration, merriment and time spent with the ones you love. While most towns in our area, like Johnson City, Fredericksburg and Wimberley have ornate and festive holiday displays perfectly ordained around the town centers, the Christmas decorations in Dripping Springs have often been described as lack-luster.The majority of visitors to other Hill Country towns pass through Dripping Springs where the few holiday trimmings make it appear that our community has nothing special to offer. Consequently, our spectacular neighbors reap the benefits of holiday economic prosperity and community spirit.
In 2018, the Dripping Springs Visitors Bureau (DSVB), a 501 (c)3 charitable non-profit organization applied for and was awarded a $2,500 matching grant from the Dripping Springs Community Foundation. The DSVB asked the community to make a tax-deductible contribution to match the grant and over 123 individual donations were made to help purchase, install and store holiday lights and decorations. In an incredible show of support, the Dripping Springs area community rallied behind the 2018 summertime campaign, and the DSVB was able to raise an outstanding $17,313.
“In previous years, the lack of funds for holiday lighting left Mercer Street in the dark so the Visitors Bureau was happy to help “light up Mercer Street”. Last year’s grant from the DS Community Foundation, plus donations from individuals and businesses helped “kick-start” holiday decorations in the historic district. We set back enough funds from last year to install the same amount this year, but we’d like to add some photo op areas and other interactive decorations. Each individual, family, HOA or organization who donates, will have their names prominently displayed on a banner at the corner Mercer Street throughout the holidays,” remarked Pam Owens, President/CEO of the DSVB.
The City of Dripping Springs does not have a lot of available funds in the budget to improve on existing decorations. Likewise, most merchants within downtown Dripping Springs and the historical district are small businesses who also lack budgets for community decoration. Because of these financial constraints, the DSVB is asking the community to help spread Christmas cheer and community spirit all along Mercer Street by making a monetary contribution.
Make your online donation by August 31 at www.destinationdrippingsprings.com/holidays or bring a donation check to the Visitors Bureau at 509 Mercer Street or by mail to PO Box 206, DS 78620.