The Christmas Wonderland display at Alton's Rock Spring Park saw significantly more people take the trip through Rock Spring Park during the 2011 Holiday Season than in the previous year. That resulted n added revenue, and that means the Grandpa Gang has been able to donate about $30,000 to 52 area organizations.
The "Grandpa Gang" annually displays more than 2.5 million lights for this annual event, with displays like the cascading waterfall, lighted tunnels and many colorful trees and displays. Bob Osburn is head of the Grandpa Gang. He says although the decorations are packed away, there is no such thing as an off season, at least for him.
Sharing in the donations provided by the Grandpa Gang are local charities, animal shelters, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Alton and Bethalto, and many more. He says they didn't quite reach the 1-million visitor mark, but he was still very pleased at this year's turnout.