The Prescott City Council unanimously approved a one-time contribution of $160,000 to support the 2021 Courthouse Lighting and other Christmas City events.
That action occurred after the City Council was approached by the Prescott Downtown Partnership and the Prescott Chamber of Commerce. Council members agreed the City needs to support downtown businesses to keep the community vibrant during holidays.
Those dollars were in addition to funds raised by the Jersey Lilly Saloon through the annual fundraiser it conducts to decorate the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza. Josh Makrauer, owner of the Whiskey Row saloon, began fundraising efforts in September and continued them through Jan. 1.
A $4,000 sculpture donated by local sculptor Brad Williams was auctioned, with all proceeds going to the lighting. Also auctioned was a diamond necklace contributed by Raskin Jewelers and a set of four Michelin tires donated by Prescott Tire Pros.
Prescott Mayor Phil Goode said he hoped the community will support fundraising events. He said he wanted organizations planning Christmas events to have enough money in hand to not have to worry about having cash.