Berlin reached their goal of raising $75,000 for the Patriotic Fund, and the community kept contributing beyond that goal. With over $16,000 extra earned in the matter of a week after their initial donation of $75,000, Berlin and the Waterloo Region ranked among the top regions in Canada for monetary support per capita.
Waterloo Region was at the forefront of the Patriotic Fund campaign at the initial outset of the war. The cause was supported by several prominent local figures, including L. J. Breithaupt. (Photos courtesy of the Canadian War Museum, “Patriotic Fund Growing“ Berlin Daily Telegraph, October 17 1914 and Breithaupt Diary Collection, Rare Books Room at Dana Port Library, University of Waterloo))