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Magic Valley Festival of Giving Sponsorship is a Way to Serve the Community. Pictures with Santa are nothing new but at the Magic Valley Festival of Giving they are free! Sid and Paige Vanderpool of Music Magic Events and One Fun Photo Booth have donated their time and photo booth for the past five years creating memories and fun every year. All people need to do is bring their smile. Vanderpool says he and his wife decided to donate their time and photo booths because of the large number of nonprofits the festival funds. “We look at it as a way to help. And we notice people are starting to collect the photos as mementoes they can keep forever online and in printed format,” he said. “Photo booths bring out the inner kid in people,” Vanderpool said. “Everyone loves to get their photo taken and, with our props, people get fun and goofy. They grab their friends and pull them into the booth. It breaks down barriers.” behind. Sponsorship of this event is a privilege and a way to serve the community,” Ashley said. “It provides a forum for smaller charities to gain exposure and raise money. And it provides a way for local people and businesses to help the local charities that help local people. After all, the Magic Valley is a great place to live only if it is a great place to live for everyone.” Southern Idaho Landscape Center and Farmers Bank not only initiated the festival but they continue to underwrite it. They put up the hard costs of the event, including administrative, printing, the purchase of trees and wreaths and catering expenses so that 100 percent of gross proceeds go to the participating nonprofits. Vanderpool remembers one Festival in particular when he asked a couple in their late 80s when they’d last been in a photo booth. The man replied that he had taken photos in a booth to send to his sweetheart as he was shipping “It costs over $40,000 to sponsor it, overseas for war from New York. but I like that the money stays local, rather than being sent off to Chicago “And who was standing next to or someplace,” said Hamilton. “In him? That sweetheart,” Vanderpool recalled. “Photo are timeless. We can 2016, we distributed $175,000 to participating charities.” hold them in our hand, put them in a book or up on the wall or refrigerator. All three of Twin Falls’ major media And eventually the grandchildren and outlets gladly get the word out about great-grandchildren will look at them, the Festival—and acquaint the public just as we look at photos from back in with the nonprofits it helps. the day.” The Twin Falls Times-News, for Of course, the festival and the photo instance, donates promotional space booths at the festival would not be in its newspapers and online. happening if Ken Ashley of Southern Idaho Landscape Center hadn’t “We believe in the community and approached Farmers Bank President this is a great event that raises Mike Hamilton six years ago with the money for a lot of our community idea of creating a festival that would organizations,” said Times-News spread the cheer among multiple Publisher Travis Quast. “I personally nonprofits and make the Magic Valley love Christmas so I get excited about a better place for those in need. being involved with a festival full of Christmas trees decorated by local “With the growth of the community businesses.” we need to make sure no one is left Admission $1.00 ~ or ~ a canned food item ~ or ~ a new, unwrapped toy Larry Johnson of Locally Owned Radio spreads the word about the Festival across his six stations. They also recently held the Standing Ovation benefit for the Magic Valley Festival of Giving in mid-October at the historic 96-year-old Orpheum Theater. The event’s talent, which included the Inspirata Dance Project, Ground Control Clogging, Powertap Studio and Ovation Dance Company teams, drew a packed house and raised approximately $4,500 for the Festival. The 2016 Festival of Giving was the first for Tim Coles, General Manager of KMVT. But he was quickly caught up in the enthusiasm of the event. “It’s so great being able to provide service to the community, especially those in need,” he said. “And we’re glad to be part of it.” In summary, the local media come together along with Southern Idaho Landscape Center and Farmers Bank to bring an event to not only benefit local communities but to kick off the holiday season in the Magic Valley. The Festival is a great opportunity for people of all ages to come and enjoy a little holiday cheer. And, without the support of other sponsors such as GHC Labs, Plant Therapy, Big Sky Dairies, Xtreme RV, Renter Center and literally over a 100 other businesses, the Festival of Giving would not come to fruition, it has become a tradition you can count on. General Exhibition Written By: Karen Bossick Open to the public Nov. 18-20, 2017 Saturday 9am-5pm • Sunday 12pm-5pm • Monday 9am-5pm Breakfast with Santa Family Day Saturday Nov. 18th 9am-11am Friday • Nov. 17 6pm th (Ticketed Event) Hot Breakfast Provided by: All Day Every Day Pictures with Princesses Sunday • Nov. 19th 12pm-5pm 1pm-3pm Free Breakfast & Pictures with Santa (with admission) Live Entertainment NEW Saturday, Nov. 18th, 7pm (ticketed event) Tickets Available at Southern Idaho Landscape Center • Wine & Craft Beer Tastings • Auction • Hors d’oeuvres Senior Social Monday November 20th 10am-4pm Serving Cookies, Tea, Hot Cocoa, Coffee and Cider Free Ornaments to All Seniors. 100% of All Proceeds Benefit Local Nonprofit Organizations Detailed information at Like us on Facebook for current updates! Located at: Southern Idaho Landscape Center • 21150 Highway 30 • Filer, Idaho • Call 326-2100 for more information

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