If you were given an opportunity to express support for local law enforcement and help a local non-profit organization assist families and individuals in need, would you take it?
If so, your opportunity has arrived!
The Merrill Police Benevolent Association recently partnered with the ‘Merrill Community New Year Ride’ organization, by donating 100 blue light bulbs to be sold at four local businesses.
Thanks to the generosity of the MPBA, the bulbs have arrived and Monday afternoon the Merrill Community New Year Ride launched the ‘Light it Up’ Fundraising Campaign: A community’s expression of support for local law enforcement.
Those interested in participating can purchase blue light bulbs from Studio 808, The Cosmo Theater, The Merrill Foto News and Pine Ridge Mobil.
By installing and activating the bulbs in standard exterior light fixtures, the subsequent pale-but highly visible- blue illumination at night, is a widely understood expression of support for local law enforcement.
Proceeds from bulb purchases will be donated to the Merrill Community New Year Ride; a locally rooted non-profit organization founded last fall.
The organization’s vision is to give back to the Merrill community by providing financial support for those in need, as part of their annual fundraising event consisting of a dinner, live music, raffle and snowmobile run every January.
The organization’s sole mission is to reach out to individuals, families or non-profit organizations in the Merrill community, in need of a little extra help; with hopes of helping support recipients enjoy a brighter and better New Year.
“Last year we raised nearly $1,000 for a worthy cause and we are hoping to have even more success this year,’ said organization co-founder Jeremy Ratliff.
“Funds raised will be used for various organizational and entertainment expenses for our 2nd annual event in January and subsequent events. We are very appreciative for the generosity of the Merrill Benevolent Police Association and their donation of the blue light bulbs, as well as the support and cooperation from local businesses.
“We feel this in excellent way for the community to come together to help us; help those in need, while expressing much deserved support and appreciation for our local law enforcement officers.”
The New Year Ride organization fully intends to maintain the supply of blue light bulbs as long as interest and support for the campaign remains.
The Merrill Community New Year Ride is continuing to accept applications for support recipients. Eligible candidates are individuals and/or families in need as well as local non-profit organizations. Applications can be obtained by contacting the organization via email at CommunityNewYearRide@gmail.com or via Facebook at Merrill Community Ride or https://www.facebook.com/MerrillCommunityNewYearRide/?ref=br_rs.
Applications will be accepted through October 27. This year’s support recipient(s) will be selected during the organization’s governance board meeting on October 29, and will be announced Monday October 30. The upcoming meeting is scheduled from 1-3 PM in the dining room of DAT Bar (1404 W. Main Street). The organization meets monthly, during the months of October-February.