Lake Elsinore Mayor Brian Tisdale is raising awareness of a good cause by challenging local cities to a holiday smackdown.
Tisdale, along with Lake Elsinore City Council members Bob Magee and Steve Manos, along with State Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez and City Manager Grant Yates, will take turns standing outside the Lake Elsinore Walmart on Grape Street, ringing the bell and asking the community to donate as part of the "Red Kettle City Council Challenge" that raises money for the Salvation Army of Southwest Riverside County.
Tisdale challenged local cities to raise more money than his team, and both Murrieta and Temecula accepted the dare, believing they can fill the kettle higher in their respective communities than Lake Elsinore can.
Although the mayors are taking the contest seriously, the event is about serving those less fortunate through private donations during the holiday season. Tisdale said his vision for the Red Kettle City Council Challenge aims to not only create a fun multi-jurisdictional event, but raise awareness throughout the region of the Red Kettle drive that is a staple holiday presence of the Salvation Army.
In his official challenge, Tisdale stated that he will personally come before the City Council that brings in the most money for the event -- if Lake Elsinore wins, the crowing will occur further north.
For residents who want to support the Lake Elsinore officials as they participate in the Salvation Army of Southwest Riverside County’s “Red Kettle City Council Challenge," see them ringing the bell Saturday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Lake Elsinore Walmart located at 31700 Grape Street, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530. The participation times of the officials are:
8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Councilman Robert Magee
10 a.m. – 11 a.m. City Manager Grant Yates
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Councilman Steve Manos
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Former Councilwoman and California State Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez
3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Mayor Brian Tisdale