PEORIA — The Salvation Army’s 2018 Tree of Lights Campaign raised a record $1,762,700.

The total was announced Friday evening during a victory celebration at the Caterpillar Visitors Center.

“We can’t say thank you enough to everyone who supported our efforts in any way these past few months,” said Maj. Jesse Collins, Tri-County Area Salvation Army commander. “We faced some adversity during the campaign, but the support we received helps us address the everyday uncertainties of the people we serve.”

The Tree of Lights Campaign provides funding for programs for the homeless, meals for the hungry, veterans supportive services, educational activities and affordable child care for families and summer camp programs for underprivileged children.

The final campaign total was revealed by campaign co-chairs Doug and Vicky Stewart during the celebration.

“We are so grateful to have surpassed the need amount, and this is a tremendous reflection on the generosity of central Illinois,” said Doug Stewart. The victory celebration provided an opportunity to thank the Stewarts and many others from the community who supported the campaign efforts.

“What can you say about central Illinois?” asked Collins. “Doug and Vicky came back, and along with Henry and Jill Vicary led a fantastic effort. What an amazing, giving community!”