The 5th Annual Mayor's Dinner and Charity Auction for Bethalto Charities recently raised several thousands of dollars for a couple of their traditional beneficiaries. This year's beneficiaries are the Community Hope Center and Special Olympics Illinois. The village is also holding some of the $17,000 or so raised in case some other charity need arises over the next year.
Bethalto Mayor Alan Winslow says donations were down a little again this year.
Special Olympics Illinois is one of the charities Bethalto has donated to for a long time. In the past, the village has also donated to the Komen Foundation.