Friends Give Update on Tin Man

 The Friends of the Old Millstadt Water Tower are approaching the half-way mark in their fund-raising campaign to get the Old Millstadt Water Tower repainted. As of December 10, 2018, they now have just under $99,000, with a little over two years to get to the goal of $200,000.

“We’ve had a very busy year with a fundraiser almost every month,” said Betty Keller Timmer, president.  “The car show in September was wonderful – we had perfect weather, which helped bring 103 vehicles.  We are very thankful for everyone who came to the show and who volunteered, and especially Mertz Ford for providing the venue”, she added.

In addition to the fundraisers, donations have been on the increase this year.  “All donations are welcome and very much appreciated – none are too big or too small!” Keller Timmer explained.  “We have recently received a $5,000 donation from a former Millstadt resident”, she added.  Online donations may be made by visiting the Friends’ website,, going to the “Support Shop” tab, and following the screen prompts.  Checks may be made payable to:

Friends of the Old Millstadt Water Tower

P. O. Box 335

Millstadt, IL  62260

The Friends is a 501 (C) 3 charity.  Donors will receive an acknowledgement letter that can be used as an income tax receipt.

The Friends are continuing to recycle inkjet cartridges.  Simply bring empty cartridges to Millstadt IGA, and the Friends will send them to recycling and then earn some money for the Tin Man.

The Friends are registered with the Amazon.Smile program.  When shopping on Amazon, visit and choose the Friends of the Old Millstadt Water Tower as your charity of choice.  Amazon will donate, in most cases, a percentage of your purchase to the Friends.  This also works with Amazon Prime.

Looking ahead, the Friends will be selling their merchandise at Lee’s Home Center, 1 South Illinois Street, Millstadt, on December 15 from 9-12, and at Millstadt IGA on December 22 from 9-3.  They have several styles and colors of tee shirts, zippered hooded sweatshirts, pull-over hoodies, greeting cards and coasters.  Scheduled events for 2019 include a soup supper, featuring several kinds of homemade soup and desserts at the Millstadt Community Center on Thursday January 10 from 4:30-7:00 p.m., the annual Bowl-a-thon on February 2 at Bel-Air Bowl in Belleville, the annual trivia night/silent auction on March 9 at St. James Parish Center in Millstadt, the half-marathon/5K races on June 2 starting by the Tin Man, the annual Pre-Father’s Day Bake Sale/Tee Shirt Sale on June 15 at Millstadt IGA, Noble Shire Carriages narrated horse-drawn trolley rides on September 22 and the annual classic car show on September 28 at Mertz Ford.