Janesville family’s Christmas light show generates $5,000 #BettyWhiteChallenge donation
The Striegel family has raised about $25,000 over the past 15 years
JANESVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) - John Striegel said the members of the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin “were ecstatic. They really were” when his family made a $5,000 donation to the organization Monday as part of the #BettyWhiteChallenge to honor the late actress and animal lover.
The money came from people in the community. Every year, Striegel puts together an elaborate Christmas lights display at his home on the west side of Janesville. People who drive by to check out the light show are encouraged to drop off donations.
“For the people that know about it, it’s a tradition. They come every year,” said Striegel.
Striegel has been putting on the show for the past 15 years. Each year, the donations he collects goes to the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin. He says over the years, he’s raised about $25,000 for the organization.
“I always get a great warm welcome when I bring that check in there. It makes it all worthwhile, it puts the cherry on top,” Striegel said. “I mean really throughout the whole season, seeing everyone happy, seeing the kids, that makes it worth it for me. But then to able to give that in the end from everyone who came, there is nothing like it,”
Striegel donated the money on what would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday. The TV icon passed away just a few weeks ago. To honor her life and legacy, people all over the country were encouraged to donate to animal charities because White was a well-known animal lover and advocate. It was called the #BettyWhiteChallenge
Striegel says he loves the holiday season and can’t wait for his next display. He starts building the props in the summer and begins assembling the show in his yard on October 1st.
“I started planning for next year three weeks ago,” he said with a laugh. “It’s a labor of love,”
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