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VIDEO: A dashing success for Jingle Bells

Phone bank volunteers hard at work. (Echo Press photo by Crystal Dey)1 / 5
Alli Prestby performed a vocal and guitar solo. (Echo Press photo by Crystal Dey)2 / 5
The Tricoustics choir, previously all female, added three fellas this year. (Echo Press photo by Crystal Dey)3 / 5
The Johari Tribe belly dancers drew a phone-in pledge challenge for one of the announcers to join them during their second act with their performance. (Echo Press photo by Crystal Dey)4 / 5
Announcers Joe Korkowski (right) and Lions members. (Echo Press photo by Crystal Dey)5 / 5

A white Christmas scene arrived just in time to set the stage for the 64th annual Jingle Bells telethon at the Lake Geneva Christian Center on Saturday.

While many folks opted to stay in and watch the program on one of three television channels or online, a full house showed up to see the acts perform live.

Vocalists, dancers, musicians and magicians shared the spotlight with a common bond - to help make the holiday season a little merrier for families in need. An estimated 75 people volunteered to put on the show and 90 volunteers worked the phones.

The Jingle Bells Foundation and Alexandria Jaycees hosted the event with numerous sponsors that brought in more than $115,000 and provided more than 900 food baskets. As many as 200 volunteers braved the Sunday blizzard to get the parcels to thankful recipients.

To find out how you can continue to donate or purchase a DVD of this year's show, visit www.jinglebellsalexandria.org.

DeyCrystal Dey Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota's Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter at @CrystalDey_Echo.

Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

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