Last night, Denville’s beloved SantaLand suffered damage from a fire. The incident was quickly maintained by firefighters. The Denville Rotary Club, which has maintained the Denville landmark for more than 56 years, is currently assessing the damage to figure out their next steps.
As fans of this hidden gem, like so many others, my family has enjoyed many memories at SantaLand. In fact, just before Christmas, we shared an interview about the recent renovation that was undertaken by Jacqueline Genung. I have no doubt that the Rotary and Denville residents will bounce back and have SantaLand up and running again.
Shared with her permission, president of the Denville Rotary Club, Rita Ambrosi posted an update on the Denville Residents’ Facebook page this morning.
As President of the Denville Rotary Club, I would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support for
our beloved SantaLand…Denville’s beloved SantaLand. Right now we are in the discovery phase of learning all of the facts related to the incident, assessing the damage and then finding our path to repair and recovery…and there is no doubt that we will repair and recover and be ready for the Tree Lighting Thanksgiving Weekend and then Santa’s return home! I know everyone wants to help in any way they can. Suggestions have been made that include GoFundMe, coin Jars, etc, I am just asking everyone to wait until we can sort it all out as it is bit overwhelming until we know all the details. The best way to support SantaLand is to mark your calendars for the Street Festival on June 4, pray for sunny skies and come out and have a great time. The Street Festival is our main fundraiser every year and part of the money raised there is always budgeted for maintenance at Santa Land. This year we will also have an official T-Shirt! We, as the Rotary Club of Denville, and as individuals that work and live in Denville, are truly so touched by the kind words expressed and volumes of support that have been offered throughout this page. It makes us so proud of this town and so encouraged to keep finding ways to serve this awesome community. We will keep you posted and Thank you so very, very much.