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The money raised through the sales of Christmas trees and wreaths goes to PAAR’s non-profit arm, the PAAR Cares Foundation. PAAR Cares focuses on homeownership, affordable housing, rehabilitation and homelessness initiatives, including organizations that assist those in our community. The foundation’s programs strive to support basic and urgent human needs (food, shelter, family support and education).
The foundation began as a response to the 2014 Washington, Pekin and East Peoria tornado which dismantled many people’s homes and businesses. The foundation has grown exponentially since then and it continues to strive to make impactful community efforts through projects like its annual turkey drive and more.
PAAR, with more than 900 members, is led by CEO Reginia Tuttle, President Jason Catton, President-elect Jennifer Hamm, Treasurer Ryan Cannon and Immediate Past President Kendra Sipes. Mary Ann Ladendorf is the 2021 PAAR Cares Chair.