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LWS Tax & Accounting Service wins the Salvation Army’s Kettle Wars

Alyce Comer gets her picture taken with Chewbacca from Star Wars at the LWS Tax and Accounting Kettle Wars booth at Holiday in the City Saturday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Alyce Comer gets her picture taken with Chewbacca from Star Wars at the LWS Tax and Accounting Kettle Wars booth at Holiday in the City Saturday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

The Springfield Salvation Army’s Kettle Wars raised over $3,000 during Holiday in the City.

LWS Tax & Accounting Service took home first place, raising $606 - followed by First Diversity Staffing with $562 and Emmanuel Christian Academy with $374.

Ten local businesses and organizations competed in Kettle Wars by designing their own unique kettles and displaying them during the festivities. For two hours, the businesses and organizations rang a bell to attract people to vote for their displays.

People voted by donating money.

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“We really didn’t know what to expect but it was a lot of fun,” Ryan Ray, development director of the Springfield Salvation Army said. “People really seemed to enjoy it and it was good public relations for our campaign.”

LWS Tax & Accounting Service won a $600 Star Wars themed trophy and two billboards in downtown Springfield with their name and logo on it.

The Salvation Army’s kettle campaign is half of what it was two years ago, Ray said. Kettle Wars was designed to act as a boost to their campaign.

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“It’s maybe the most iconic fundraiser in the U.S., but it is a means to bring help to those that need it most,” Ray said. “When you see a kettle we hope that you see it as hope, compassion, love and a means to get people what they need here in the community.”

This year was the first year for Kettle Wars - the fundraiser has been renewed for next year’s Holiday in the City.