Santa's Secret Hands Changes Names: Now Incorporated As Non-Profit Organization, 2018 Projects Already Underway
Now Officially Known As Santa's Helping Hands, INC.
Darren Doyle, story:
After thirteen years, the county's most popular charity event has officially become a full non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Today, the group is officially known as Santa's Helping Hands, INC.
According to co-founder Mark Wardlow, who now serves as the organization's treasurer, the newly obtained status will allow them to invest even more money back into their local cause by avoiding sales tax. Wardlow said the group paid tax on over $40,000 in purchase last year alone.
Wardlow said the non-profit status was obtained through the help of attorney Mark Alcott and Shelton CPAs, LLP, who either donated their services or offered them at extremely reduced rates.
"The reason for changing the name from 'secret' to 'helping' is because it's not a secret anymore what we do, we try to help people and we hope to continue helping people in Edmonson County," said Wardlow. "In the past, Jeff Rich and I have made most of the decisions for the charity. Things have changed and we now have a seven-member board. These are people who I believe have the charity's best interest at heart and have been a huge to help to Jeff and I over the last thirteen years."
Wardlow said that all requests for help will now go before the board for approval.
"We will continue to do the exact same things we've done over the last thirteen years, which is to keep trying to assist people in this county only. Our guidelines have not changed, this is a charity for Edmonson County residents only."
Wardlow said SHH INC. will continue to raise money through raffles, golf tournaments, and the annual auction/benefit held each year at the Edmonson County Community Center, which continues to grow each year.
A raffle for a 2018 Club Car Onward golf cart will begin this week, with a limited number of only 150 tickets available. Tickets will be available for $100 each. The winner will be chosen in a random drawing during the Santa’s Helping Hands golf tournament on August 25th at Shady Hollow Golf Club. All board members will have tickets for sale and they will also be available at Cee Bee, Jacob’s Home Furnishings, and Saling's Grocery.
Santa’s Helping Hands board members are as follows:
Vice President-Greg Nugent
Information Director-Mark Rich
Board Member-Danny Hayes
Board Member-Lorie Wardlow
For more information on how you can be part of the projects for Santa's Helping Hands, INC., please contact Mark Wardlow at 270-991-2972.