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Haypress Falls Visitors Donate

January 18, 2016 | Posted by Community Relations

Denny & Sherri Vetter (Haypress Falls), Ed Nolan (Exotic Animals and Petting Zoo), and Thomas H Boyd Memorial Foundation would like to extend the most sincere thanks to the community and fellow lovers of Christmas light displays for the incredible generosity shown at their light display over the holidays.  The Vetters have had their light display for many years, seeing it grow as time has gone on, into a beautiful display that encompasses their entire property along with recent inclusion of animals from Nolan’s Petting Zoo/Exotic Animals.  Along with the glowing bulbs, visitors can take a picture in an old-fashioned sleigh alongside “Prancer” or one of the other reindeer housed nearby.  In recent years, many visitors have asked if they could donate to the display but Mr. Vetter insisted he hosts the display for his love of the season and because he enjoys it; when someone suggested last year they accept donations on behalf of a charity, the Vetters knew exactly where the money should go.


On December 30, 2015 after almost six weeks of display, Mr. and Mrs. Vetter brought in almost $2,000 as a donation to the Gas Cards for Greene County program; they had pages of signatures from an estimated 3,000+ visitors.  The program is administered by Thomas H. Boyd Memorial Foundation after seed money was provided in 2010 by the Wrightsville Trotters Relay for Life Team.  Since that time, almost $30,000 has been raised locally and given locally to Greene County Citizens traveling a distance for Cancer treatment.  This program struck a chord with the couple for a personal reason.


“It just made sense for us because we were this [] close to needing those services; we don’t put on this display for money, and with so many people offering to donate – we knew we had to find somewhere local for the money to be put to good use.”  If you or someone you know is currently receiving Cancer treatments and lives in Greene or Calhoun Counties, or you’d like to donate to this program, please call (217)942-6946 and ask for Administration.