Gingerbread for The Salvation Army (fundraiser)

Fundraiser Information

As a gesture of goodwill and giving back to the community.  Downtown Crystal Lake has developed this unique fundraiser.

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Participating businesses in Downtown Crystal Lake will create their own Gingerbread Creation to display at their business near a countertop Salvation Army Red Kettle.  The public will be invited to view the various Business Gingerbread Creations.

Every dollar deposited in the corresponding Red Kettle is worth one vote.  The business who collects the most $$ through 12/24/16 will be the winner of the Business Gingerbread Creation contest.  In reality, the real "winner" is The Salvation Army and all the people they serve in our community. 

So here's your opportunity to (legally) STUFF the ballot box with votes (dollars)!!  For additional information, please contact us

2015 Contest

The following downtown businesses are participating in the "Gingerbread for The Salvation Army” contest

Agnes Oh!

Benedicts La Strata

Crystal Lake Bank & Trust

Crystal Lake Natural Health Care

Georgio's Pizzeria & Pub

Kitchen Outfitters

Le Petit Marche

Marvin's Toy Store

Out of the Box

Penny & Izzy's

The Olive Tap

Yours & Meyn 
Additionally, the following Downtown businesses are supporting The Salvation Army by hosting a counter kettle

(the list is growing so check back often):

Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitters

Cafe Olympic

Crystal Lake Health Food Store

Dalzell Jewelers

Distinction Salon & Spa

Downtown Crystal Lake Marathon


Joe's Barber Shop


Sweet Pea Cakes

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2014 Results

Le Petit Marche has been declared the winner of Downtown Crystal Lake’s 2013 “Gingerbread for The Salvation Army” contest. Second place honors go to Out of the Box, with Crystal Lake Bank placing third. 

As a combined total, the participating businesses were able to raise $1940 for The Salvation Army. Although the contest sparked a fun competition among local businesses, we know that the real “winner” is The Salvation Army and all the people they serve in our community.

Congratulations on a job well-done!