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ARLINGTON (December 21, 2018) - Mayors from the Mid-Cities rang bells at red kettle locations in their areas on Saturday, December 15, in a contest to raise the highest amount of money individually for The Salvation Army. The Mayors came along with their armies of volunteer bell ringers to cover various red kettle sites for the one-day contest.
At the end of the challenge, the mayors raised a combined total of $141,268.55, surpassing the $100,000 target set by The Salvation Army.
Mansfield Mayor David Cook retained the top spot for the second year running, beating his last year’s record to raise $91,981.88. Mayor Jeff Williams of the City of Arlington raised the second-highest amount of the competition, bringing in a total of $19,470.74. Mayor Laurie Bianco of the City of Dalworthington Gardens built a steady momentum and raised $11,667.36, followed closely by the Mayor of North Richland Hills, Oscar Trevino who raised $11,063.60.
Other participating leaders raised as follows:
- Mayor Doug Davis, Town of Pantego - $3,912.85
- Mayor Jim Griffin, City of Bedford - $1,014.87
- Mayor Linda Martin, City of Euless - $958.17
- Mayor Henry Wilson, City of Hurst - $552.04
- Mayor Brian Johnson, City of Kennedale - $523.96
- Mayor Ken Shetter, City of Burleson - $123.13
The money raised by mayors will be used by The Salvation Army to provide vital services that serve children and families in the Mid-Cities area.
In 2009, former Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck and Mansfield Mayor David Cook competed in the very first Mayoral Red Kettle Challenge. Since then, other Mid-Cities mayors have progressively joined the challenge. Last year, six mayors competed to raise $90,445.