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Golden "K" Kiwanis wins the first "Golden Kettle" Award!

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The Golden "K" Kiwanis Club wins the first "Golden Kettle Award" from The Salvation Army! The award will be given to the service club in a special ceremony at the Fulton Heights Citadel.
The Golden Kettle will be awarded to the Golden "K" Kiwanis Club

The Golden Kettle will be awarded to the Golden "K" Kiwanis Club /Mika Roinila

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Golden "K" Kiwanis Wins the Golden Kettle!

Four service clubs spent countless hours in ringing bells for The Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign in 2019, and the winner of the Golden Kettle Award has been announced today. The winner is the Golden "K" Kiwanis Club if Grand Rapids, who raised over $2400 for the non-profit organization. A beautiful trophy will be awarded to the Club at a special event.

The final standings of The Salvation Army’s bell ringing competition between service clubs for the “Golden Kettle Award” are in. And the winner is the Golden "K" Kiwanis Club of Grand Rapids!

“Congratulations to the Kiwanians! We've had an exciting campaign!” exclaims Auxiliary Captain Mika Roinila, who coordinated the volunteer effort for the Red Kettle Campaign for Grand Rapids North. “I am happy to report that our efforts in Grand Rapids north of 28th Street have exceeded our goal of $220,000. We raised over $234,000, and the help of service clubs has made a difference!”

A new initiative introduced by A/Captain Roinila to the annual Salvation Army campaign was the competition for the “Golden Kettle Award” that challenged local service clubs to volunteer and ring bells across the city. The final results are in and The Salvation Army is happy to congratulate the Golden “K” Kiwanis Club, who claim the inaugural trophy with a total of $2471 raised. They were followed by Kentwood Rotary Club with $783 raised, Grand Rapids Kiwanis Club with $654 raised, and Comstock Park Rotary with $412 raised. According to Roinila, the four service clubs raised 30% of all the money brought in by volunteers and volunteer groups.

And to recognize volunteerism, The Salvation Army will give something back to the community as well. “We will recognize many volunteers and service clubs for their efforts at a Volunteer Appreciation event planned to take place at Fulton Heights Citadel” shares A/Capt. Roinila. "The Salvation Army is happy to congratulate all who were involved, and we look forward to Christmas 2020 when the goal is to get more volunteer engagement and involvement in the Red Kettle Campaign." Added competition for the “Golden Kettle Award” is sure to develop, as other service clubs get involved in a worthy cause.

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