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Official 2018 holiday ornament unveiled by City of Springfield

Proceeds to benefit St. Joseph’s Home and the Illinois Governor’s Mansion Association

information provided by the Office of the Governor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (November 6, 2018) – The 2018 Official City of Springfield Ornament was unveiled at a press conference on Friday, November 2, in the Governor’s Mansion.

The 2018 ornament features the recent renovation of the Governor’s Mansion and the Illinois Bicentennial. It is the 26th ornament in the City of Springfield series celebrating hometown landmarks and events. This year’s ornament is the result of a partnership between St. Joseph’s Home and the Illinois Governor’s Mansion Association. Proceeds from the sale of the ornament will benefit both non-profit organizations.

The Illinois Governor’s Mansion Association is a non-profit group responsible for the two-year renovation project of the Governor’s Mansion, which was funded entirely with private dollars. The update focused on needed structural repairs and a significant upgrade to the visitor experience. “The People’s House” now showcases Illinois history and art, and it is open daily for docent-guided tours.

St. Joseph Home is a non-profit nursing home serving the aged and infirmed in the Springfield area for the past 115 years. The ornament project has been a fundraising and outreach program for St. Joseph’s Home for the past 26 years. Through the support of generous benefactors, the Home is able to serve residents with compassion and individualized care.

Ornaments are available for purchase ($29) at the Governor’s Mansion, St. Joseph’s Home, and selected Springfield area businesses.


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.