The Sudbury Charities Foundation, with help from Greater Sudbury Hydro, Cambrian College Powerline Technician Students & Staff and the Francophone Boy Scouts will be assembling the popular holiday landmark on the grounds of Science North this Saturday, November 14th, starting at about 10 a.m.
The original 50 pieces of the now-massive display were created by 2 families in Garson and were purchased by the SCF some years ago. SCF has been maintaining and adding to the collection ever since, and the entire display now encompasses over 250 separate elements containing approximately 3.25 kilometres of rope lighting with nearly 55,000 LED lights.
"The Festival of Lights at Science North is one of the Sudbury Charities Foundation core fundraising efforts in the year", said Dustin Bradley, Secretary-Treasurer for the Foundation and this year's Project Chair. "Over the past 25 years, we've invested thousands of dollars and countless Board and Volunteer hours. These efforts have truly created a treasured Sudbury tradition."
The Sudbury Charities Foundation was established in 1967 to raise money to support development programming for underprivileged youth in Sudbury. The Festival of Lights raises an average of about $25,000 annually. As a "true" non-profit, all SCF initiatives are performed by Board members with support of volunteer stakeholders...which means administrative costs are NEAR ZERO. In fact, about 99 cents of every dollar raised goes directly back to the community.
The ceremonial lighting of the display will take place Thursday November 26th when Santa arrives by fire truck to "flick the switch". More details on that event at a later date.
-Set-up commences at about 10 a.m. and will last for a couple of hours.
-This is a highly visual event offering great video and photo opportunities.
-Over 60 volunteers will assist in the effort.
For more information, please contact Dustin Bradley, 705-561-9905 or firstname.lastname@example.org