Did you know the Rike’s Holiday Window display cases are more than 15 years old?
The animated elves and animals first appeared in NCR’s New York office windows in 1943, but many Daytonians remember them from their annual holiday pilgrimage to the Rike’s Department Store which sat on the corner of Second and Main Streets (where the Schuster Center now sits). Now, every year from the day after Thanksgiving until the turn of the new year, you can visit them in the Schuster Center Wintergarden.
The setup, teardown, and visits by more than 8,000 people every year have taken their toll.
The Rike’s Holiday Window display cases desperately need to be replaced.
The goal is to raise $65,000 to replace the current boxes, purchase an additional one for recently donated elves, and refresh the holiday décor.
We need your help to continue this Dayton holiday tradition!
The elves, Gustaaf and Gigi, will be in Dayton during June and July and are challenging local businesses to raise $30,000 for the Merry Makeover initiative. Dayton area businesses are challenged to share a “sELFie with an ELF” on social media and make a donation to the Merry Makeover. The challenge is passed from business to business to reach the elves’ goal of $30,000!
How can you help?
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Baird
Dwight and Marsha Bartlett
Brad and Betsy Clapp
Susan B. Davis
Carter de Werd & Connie Strobbe
Don and Sue Dugan
Libby and Ken Elbaum
Lynn and David Goldenberg
Peter S. and Carol Corr Greis
Ms. Kathy Hagerty
Robert and Shirley Hill
Robert and Deborah Howard
Dan and Nancy Huffman
John and Kathy Jahoda
William and Michele Keeley
Bob and Lynn Kos
Jane Marie Kwiecinski
Joe and Kelly Lehman – In loving memory of Eleanor and Jocelyn Ann James
Gary L. Leroy
Louis Anton Mann – In memory of Nicholas Anton
Jeffrey and Peggy Markland
Frederick and Holly McConnaughey
Jeanette and Jim Patton
Col. (Ret.) and Mrs. James Pendergast
Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Prophater
Amy and Barry Reed
Gregory and Vicky Rozelle
Rick and Debbie Schmidt
Betsy and Mike Shepard
Bonita S. Small
Jacqueline and J. Bradford Tillson
Virginia W. Kettering Foundation
Timothy and Margaret Wallace
Dayton Sewing Collaborative
Do you have a special memory of visiting the Rike’s Christmas Windows in downtown Dayton? Share it with us by filing out the form below! You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail your stories to 138 North Main Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402 ATTN: Paula McLaughlin.