He did it.
New Richmond City Planning Director Noah Weidenfeld has completed his 26.2-hour bell-ringing marathon; a total of $81,748.93 was raised by the time his shift at Walmart in New Richmond ended at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14.
Members of the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department were also ringing bells for 30 hours straight in front of County Market (2310 Crest View Drive) in Hudson as part of the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign. By the time they were finished, that total had risen to $85,799.28.
"We are so excited! $85,799.28 raised in just 30 hours of bell ringing! We are so thankful for everyone who helped make this happen in St. Croix County! " said Angela Mouton, fundraising manager for Grace Place and the Salvation Army.
Wiedenfeld, a veteran of numerous actual marathons, was hoping to break last year's record-setting collection of more than $77,000. Wiedenfeld began his shift at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.
"The funds raised during our annual Red Kettle Campaign are used locally to help our local friends and neighbors in need," Moulton said. "The funds raised go toward helping Grace Place Shelter and to help community members in need with heat, electric and rent assistance.
"We could not serve our homeless and others without the community support. Last year, Grace Place housed 348 individuals including many children. Your time spent ringing can ensure we have the funds needed to continue to serve those who need shelter."