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(Posted 7:30 a.m., Jan. 9)
15th edition of Magical Village raises more than $14K for local charities

Special to Orléans Online

More than 8,000 visitors were captivated by the lights, trains and "magical" buttons on display at the 15th annual Magical Village presented by the Gloucester North Lions Club during the holiday season.

Since it was first created in 1988 by former Gloucester mayor Claudette Cain, the Magical Village has raised more than $200,000 for various individuals and organizations. And 2013 continued the fine tradition.

Some 100 duplicate and unused pieces were completely sold out within the first four days with proceeds added to the donation box. In addition, donations from visitors and local businesses helped the Magical Village raise more than $14,000 to be shared among the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard, Ronald McDonald House and Lions Camp Dorset.

The Gloucester North Lions Club appreciates the generosity of visitors and were moved by comments in the guest book. "Glad to see it is still going after all these years". "Awesome". Impressive". "We come to the mall just for this every year".

Comments came from Orleans, Ottawa, Hammond, Hawkesbury, Kemptville and from Renfrew, Hamilton, Vancouver, Prague, PEI, NB, New Jersey and Baghdad to name a few.

The Gloucester North Lions could not have undertaken the project alone. We want to thank the many volunteers who came to our aid from our sister clubs across the region, individuals who just asked to help out and students from local area high schools who worked as greeters, earning hours towards their Community Service requirement.

A big thank you also goes out to the 30 businesses and individuals who helped support the Magical Village through monetary or in-kind donations or by advertizing at the Village.

The contributions helped keep costs down and allowed more donations to go directly to the organizations in need. Special thanks to our Platinum sponsers, Place d'Orleans Shopping Centre for providing the space free of charge and Fred Guy Moving and Storage who waived storage fees for the next year. Our heartfelt thanks to them and all who supported the Magical Village in 2013.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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