The Old Worthington Partnership and shops throughout Worthington helped raise $4,000 for local charities with their "It's a Wonderful Window" contest this past holiday season.

The Old Worthington Partnership and shops throughout Worthington helped raise $4,000 for local charities with their "It's a Wonderful Window" contest this past holiday season.

The contest had 23 storefronts competing to raise money for 27 different charities, with donations acting as votes for the best window decorations along High Street between Nov. 29 and Dec. 26.

Community bike shop RIDEhome at 650 High St. won the contest, donating proceeds to the nonprofit YAY Bikes!

YAY Bikes! Executive Director Catherine Girves said the organization was "incredibly grateful" for the donation.

The group provides education for cyclists, conducts rides to build community and provides bike corrals at local festivals to encourage cycling, according to its website.

With a successful first year for the contest, Annina Parini, executive director of the Old Worthington Partnership, said she hopes to turn it into an annual tradition.

"We were really pleased with the excitement the window displays brought to our community," she said in a release. "The participation from our merchants was incredible, and was certainly matched by the participation of the community members who generously donated in favor of their favorite displays. It's experiences such as this that remind us of how special of a community we have in Worthington."