Holiday light event benefits individuals with developmental disabilities
The Arc’s Lights on St Paul is the largest neighborhood holiday lights display in all of Kansas and includes hundreds of magnificent displays that will delight the entire family! The Arc’s Lights on St Paul has become an annual tradition for many and ignites their holiday spirits. It kicks off this year Thanksgiving night, Thursday, November 28. Whether you’ve been to the Lights before or not, you won’t want to miss this year’s extravaganza as 1.3 million lights dance before your eyes and move to music.
Kicking off at 5:30pm Thanksgiving night, The Lights on St Paul continue at 5:30pm every evening through December 29th. A $5.00 per car donation is suggested, and all donations will support programs for children and adults living with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. The best route is to arrive from the east heading to the intersection of Douglas and St Paul St (between West St and Meridian). Tune your radio to 104.7 FM and prepare to be dazzled!
The Arc anticipates that this year could be even more successful than 2012 – and given that last year’s lights were visited by nearly 23,000 vehicles and over 115,000 people who took away 91,420 candy canes and took 1,200 photos with Santa – that’s saying something!
When all is said and done more than 400 volunteers (individuals, families, businesses, churches and schools) will have given over 5,500 hours of their time to build new displays, check lights, set up/tear down exhibits, and greet visitors during the 32 nights the display is open in 2013.
“The Arc’s Lights on St. Paul is the most unique light display in Kansas because nearly all of the displays and features are hand made by our volunteers, including those we serve,” said Kevin Fish, Executive Director of The Arc of Sedgwick County. “This year more than ever, The Arc has been blessed with amazing volunteers sharing their talents and energies – giving thousands and thousands of hours to make our display bright, and to brighten the lives of those we serve.”
Donations made at the event will help The Arc of Sedgwick County support thousands of area residents living with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, intellectual impairment, epilepsy and cerebral palsy. The Arc’s major programs include case management, The Arc’s Circle of Friends & Cornerstone mentoring programs, Youth Education and Summer Socialization (YESS), Information & Education, as well as hundreds of special events and activities providing respite and socialization.
Keep up with The Arc’s Lights on St Paul through Facebook (LightsOnStPaul) and Twitter (LightsOnStPaul.) More information about The Arc is available at (316) 943-1191 or online at www.arc-sedgwickcounty.org
WHAT: The Arc’s Lights on St. Paul
WHEN: November 28-December 29, 2013.
TIMES: 5:30-9pm Monday-Thursday, 5:30-10pm Friday and Saturday and extended hours until 11:55 on Christmas Eve (The lights stay open until the last car in line drives through!)
COST: A $5 or more donation is appreciated and will help provide programs for individuals with disabilities all year round
Photos with Santa: Available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, and on Dec. 23. Stop in the ILRC (Independent Living Resource Center) at the end of the route. Photo printed for you to take with you for a $5 donation.
More information or to see how you can help: www.arc-sedgwickcounty.org or call 316-943-1191
The Arc of Sedgwick County
Established 60 years ago, The Arc is dedicated to improving the quality of life for 7,500 local individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and their families through life-long support including educational and social programs, case management, respite opportunities and advocacy in the community.