The fourth annual Santa Cause Tree Festival was held Nov. 29 through Jan. 4 in Williams Bay. This season $100,000 was raised for the Charities of Christmas from the tree festival Freezin’ for a Reason, and sponsorships, with the checks sent out in early April.

The Charities of Christmas consist of Boys & Girls Club of Walworth County, Norman Barr Camp, Water Safety Patrol, Agape Home and School, Circle of Friends, Dan Green’s Touch a Life, Heal a Heart, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-Central Wisconsin, and Tree House Child and Family Center.

Santa Cause organizers say there will be no photos released of the check presentation to abide by the Safer-At-Home orders in place to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

This year’s success is possible because of the business, restaurant and personal sponsors, Freezin’ for a Reason, founding families and individuals who participate and support through donations and purchases. More than $365,000 has been raised and donated to the charities over the past four years.

For more information about Santa Cause, the Charities of Christmas and sponsors, visit

The 2019 Santa Cause business sponsors include:

  • Angel – Gage Marine, Grand Geneva, Kunes Country, Lake Geneva Kids Expo, Keefe Vacation Rentals, Lake Geneva Canopy Tours, Breezy Hill Nursery.
  • Snowmen – The Cove, Emagine, Harbor Shores, The Ridge.
  • Crystal – First National Bank and Trust Company, @ Properties, Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly, The Abbey Resort, Lake Lawn Resort.
  • Icicle – Master Services, Lazy Cloud Lodge, Lakeside Fireplace, Belfry Music Theatre, Champs Sports Bar & Grill, Studio Winery, Pete’s Printing.
  • Restaurants – Café Calamari, Crafted Americana, Frontier Restaurant, Hunt Club Steakhouse, Lucke’s Cantina, Next Door Pub, Pier 290.

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