On Saturday, Nov. 14 volunteers and residents will come together to light more than 50,000 luminaries during the 16th annual Cheshire’s Lights of Hope “Light the Night” event. This year the group hopes to reach the total of $1 million raised since its beginning in 2005.
Cheshire’s Lights of Hope is seeking additional street captains and volunteers to join the group and assist with luminary selling, setting up the “Mile of Hope” on Nov. 14, and cleanup the day after. Volunteers can learn more and register by visiting https://cheshireslightsofhope.com/volunteer. More information about what street captains do, simple tools, and which streets need captains for this year’s event can be found on the Street Captain section of the website https://cheshireslightsofhope.com/street-captains/
Businesses, families or individuals looking to make a difference and sponsor the Luminary Event can review opportunities and download forms by visiting https://cheshireslightsofhope.com/sponsors/
The event will be held at First Congregational Church Green, 111 Church Dr., beginning at 2 p.m. with check presentations. At 2:30 p.m., the Mile of Hope set up will commence, and at dusk the luminaries will be lit throughout town by volunteers and homeowners
Luminary kits are 10 for $12. Kits are being sold online for the first time at https://cheshireslightsofhope.com/annual-event-luminary-purchase/. Street Captains are selling and delivering luminaries to their neighborhoods in a socially distanced, safe manner and are out in full force right now collecting neighborhood orders.There are limited quantities available for purchase and curbside pick up at R.W. Hine Ace Hardware, PAWs Pet Resort, and Cheshire Nursery, and curbside and drive through pick up will eb available on thegreen on Nov. 14.
The annual Cheshire’s Lights of Hope luminary event was created to shine a light on importance of neighbors helping neighbors and has set a goal of reaching the $1 million fundraising mark this year. The annual luminary event has raised more than $985,000 since its inception in 2005 and last year the organization awarded $48,000 to Cheshire-based organizations including construction of the new Cheshire Community Food Pantry building, Cheshire Youth and Family Services, annual scholarships for volunteer-oriented high school students, and the Petit Family Foundation
Volunteers and sponsors are invited to attend the outdoor ceremony on the First Congregational Church Green where Don Walsh and Jenifer Walsh, co-founders of the nonprofit organization will award more than $10,000 in grants to local organizations and announce funding for two scholarships to be awarded to volunteer-oriented high school seniors in June 2021. All social distancing and health protocols are followed during all activities. Please wear masks if you plan on attending.
More information, including where to buy luminary kits and volunteer opportunities can be found by visiting www.cheshireslightsofhope.com