The German Christmas Market gives back
Over $48,000 to area charities, schools and social organizations


Helena Bould, president of LMGC Market, at the far right, made the presentation at the annual celebration

Sparta — The German Christmas Market held their annual celebration last month at the Lake Mohawk Country Club and distributed into the community funds raised from the successful event of 2017.
The group celebrated the enormous volunteer effort it took to make this charming annual event come to fruition. The organization goes well beyond their core volunteer committee and relies on over 200 individuals as well as other non-profit groups and numerous local businesses to step forward and donate their time and effort. Together with the support of their major sponsors, Weichert Realtors, Newton Medical Center and the Lake Mohawk Country Club, this enormous group creates the Village of Volunteers that makes the Market the success it is.
One such example was the construction of the wooden huts that line the boardwalk: This huge 2 day undertaking is orchestrated through Ron Donner of Donner Construction, T Love of the Sogihuggles Children’s Foundation and John Quinlan of the Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Hospice as the team leaders who are then in turn aided by staff of the Home Depot of Newton. New to this group for 2017 was the Sussex County Sherriff’s Department that brought along people who need to complete community service, and the Knoll Heights property sent along their facilities crew as a gesture of support to the community. Additional muscles were at hand from individuals from the Sparta Athletic Club.
When the huts are completed other volunteer groups set to work to decorate the Boardwalk: The Sparta Kiwanis decorate with festive lighting after Regi Phillips, with his crew of Elves, have set the garland (loaned by Nesters Greenhouse), as the Master Gardeners of Sussex County decorate the main Huts.
Meanwhile Delahanty Construction erected the Santa Hut and Barn Candy took on the responsibility of turning the Santa Hut into a magical grotto that welcomed excited children. An additional Hut is loaned from Realty Executives and is constructed by Morel Builders.
As these teams of volunteers donated their time, Ideal Farms of Lafayette donated and delivered trees to add the finishing touches to the Boardwalks transformation. These trees were then in turn picked up at the end of the Market and taken to the Food Pantry at the Sparta Presbyterian church and distributed to those in need. During market set-up Rev it Up donated the use of a U-Haul truck to the organizing committee for transporting authentic German merchandise.
Behind the scenes and away from the excitement building on the Boardwalk the Sussex County Technical School Bake Shop was busy assembling traditional German Linzer tarts that were sold during the Market.
This year the Market has given back $ 48,350 back to the community, representing a 10% increase over last year’s donations. This brings the total amount donated since 2001 to $ 283,750. $45, 350 was donated in cash awards with the additional $3,000 recognized as a benefits in kind that were already received by the 6 non-profit organizations in attendance who benefited from a heavily subsidized vendor fee. The recipient organizations are:
Birth Haven $ 2,200
Catholic Charities Food Pantry/Partnership Social Services $ 2,200
Catholic Charities Meals On Wheels $ 2,200
First Presbyterian Church-Food Pantry 4,000
Connect For the Community $ 2,200
DASI $ 2,200
First Book Norwescap $ 1,650
Ginnie's House $ 2,200
Karen Ann Quinlan Foundation$ 2,200
Lenape Valley High School $ 1,650
Manna House $ 2,200
Northern NJ Veterans Memorial Cemetery $ 1,650
Samaritan Inn $ 2,200
Sojihuggles Children’s Foundation $ 2,200
Sparta Board Of Ed-German Department $ 2,200
Sparta Elks $ 2,000
Sparta Kiwanis $ 2,000
Sussex County Arts Council $ 2,200
Sussex County Technical $ 2,000
United Way $ 4,000
New for the 2018 market will be Sparta Train Station serving as a satellite location hosting some 30 additional vendors. It is a welcome addition to the burgeoning bustle of the Boardwalk and is seen as a logical step since the Train Station was a successful Park & Ride location last year. In addition the Sparta Train Station will continue to host the annual Toys for Tots Train event on Saturday December 1 and the Sparta Recreation Department will hold their special visit from Santa at the Train Station on Sunday December 2.
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