Bell Bank has been named the “Official Bank of Bentleyville” as a new, major sponsor of one of Minnesota’s biggest, best and brightest holiday traditions!
Bentleyville is an annual holiday tradition for thousands of people across northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. What started as a humongous light display at Nathan Bentley’s home is now hosted at Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park near Lake Superior, with literally millions of lights on its displays – and is viewed annually by hundreds of thousands of people.
Tim McShane, president of Bell Bank’s Twin Ports Region including Duluth-Superior, says Bentleyville unites the community, making this a great partnership for Bell.
“Bentleyville brings people from all walks of life together for an incredible holiday spectacle,” Tim says. “As a lifelong Duluthian, I love the joy you can see on people’s faces across generations. And the event’s Salvation Army donation site helps people conveniently donate toys and food to those of whom are less fortunate. We are blessed with the ability to support this community event and thrilled to pay it forward in Duluth, our new banking home.”
Scheduled to run November 21 through December 27, the Bentleyville festival has made changes this year due to the pandemic. Eventgoers will be able to take in the thousands of lights from the safety and warmth of their vehicles (cost $10 per vehicle) with a drive-thru Tour of Lights. As always, there is also a Bentleyville Shop, and the festival will collect donations of food and toys for the Salvation Army. (For complete visitor information, visit www.bentleyvilleusa.org/.)
Bentleyville’s “mayor,” executive director Nathan Bentley, is excited to work with Bell in partnership for the upcoming season.
“With our new drive-thru experience this year, we are appreciative of Bell’s support and the changes we’ve made due to the global pandemic,” he says. “Without great sponsors like Bell, Bentleyville would not be able to continue the tour of lights tradition thousands of people look forward to attending during the holiday season.”