- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A fundraising effort has collected enough donations to cover the estimated $50,000 cost to have a lighted Christmas tree outside the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Kent County Republican Party chairman John Inhulsen and Charlie Secchia, son of former U.S. ambassador Peter Secchia, launched the “Save the Christmas tree” campaign after the museum announced plans to end a 9-year-old tradition.

The museum has coordinated a pre-Christmas lighting ceremony with the opening of the skating sink at Rosa Parks Circle since 2006. But a spokeswoman had said the museum decided to refocus its priorities on programs related to its mission instead of replacing lights for the Christmas tree.

The Grand Rapids Press (https://bit.ly/1WOSWCR ) reports that the museum confirmed Wednesday that it will host a tree lighting this year.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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