Norton Commons isn’t just a great place to live, work, and shop. It’s also a great place to serve the local community. The residents and businesses in Norton Commons support a number of charities throughout the year and especially during the holiday season.
As soon as the calendar page turns to December, parents in the area know to bring their children to Norton Commons for a picture with Santa. This is also the time to bring children, a date, or the entire family for a carriage ride in true Cinderella style down streets bright with holiday lights. And the cost of that picture with Santa or carriage ride? A toy donation for Toys for Tots. This year, Norton Commons collected more than half a dozen boxes overflowing with several hundred toys and over $100 in cash for Toys for Tots.
Deck the Streets is a new event for Norton Commons this year, but it is sure to become a lasting tradition. Residents decorate their homes and compete by street in a colorful, public display of community holiday spirit. Visitors and residents vote for most festive street via Facebook, and a charitable donation is made in honor of the winning street. Voting closed on December 16, so we hope you did a drive-by and cast your vote for the most decked out street. After tallying up the results, we’re pleased to report that Norton Commons Boulevard was voted as the merriest street, and Portland Promise Center was the winning charity.
The Norton Commons Sales Center gets in on the holiday spirit by collecting gift cards for Engelhard Elementary School. The school uses these gift cards to shop for kids in need and to purchase groceries to provide holiday dinners.
Commonwealth Bank & Trust, the neighborhood bank, has been involved in community giving for a number of years. This year, the bank collected coats, clothes, and toys to provide gifts for “angels” that were not selected from the Salvation Army Angel Tree. CB&T makes sure these children aren’t overlooked.
Three popular Norton Commons’ businesses, Commonwealth Tap, Citizen 7, and The Pet Station support a long list of charities throughout the year. The Bill Meadows Foundation is the primary beneficiary of that generous spirit. This local charity provides financial assistance to people whose lives have been impacted by serious illness. To benefit the Foundation, business owners Paul Blackburn and Alex Tinker helped to start Corkestra, an annual fund-raising event where patrons sample wine and bourbon while enjoying an evening of music in the beautiful Norton Commons’ amphitheater. Can you think of any better way to support an excellent organization?
Salon Muse is another business consistently involved in community outreach. This year, the salon teamed up with Dare to Care by offering a 10% discount off a retail purchase when a client brings in a canned food item. The salon also joined local schools and churches to collect new and gently used blankets for Blanket Louisville for the second year. Collected blankets go to shelters that serve Louisville’s homeless population. Salon owner Angela Nunn appreciates this mission to warm bodies and hearts.
Another annual fund-raising event you don’t want to miss is the Children’s Hospital Foundation Home & BMW raffle to benefit Norton Children’s Hospital. For six years, Norton Commons’ involvement with the Foundation has included donation of a large portion of the value of the home site and assistance securing subcontractors and other vendors to work on the home. Imagine winning a home in beautiful Norton Commons or a brand new BMW for only $100 a chance! Though this year’s raffle is over, be sure to look for tickets to go on sale next July for the 2017 Children’s Hospital Home & BMW raffle.
Norton Commons truly is a great place to live, work, shop, and make a difference in the local community. Residents and business owners capture the generous spirit often reserved for the holiday season all year long.