Charities Helped Through Festival of Giving
Nichole Hannahs

Charities Helped Through Festival of Giving

by Nichole Hannahs on November 28, 2012

Several charities win big at the Colony Square Mall’s Festival of Giving.

This year the mall split $5,000 between nine local charities. Big Brothers/Big Sisters received 22 percent of the returned receipts and won big earning over $1,100. Executive Director Mollie Crooks said the money will be used to recruit, train and match bigs with littles.

Mall Marketing Manager Kevin Pinson said he was impressed with the turn-out.

"We had over $14,000 in receipts turned in for points. We think that was great for our retailers and of course the charities got $5,000."

The lowest amount of money given out was for just over $350. Pinson said they’re happy to help those in our area.

"We’ve always considered ourselves as much of a community center as a mall," said Pinson. "We will give out over this year $25,000 through our cash back for schools program, A plus for schools."

Pinson said the mall plans to hold the Festival of Giving again next year the Sunday before Thanksgiving.