‘Light Up The Night’ returns to downtown
2nd annual event is Nov. 29 in downtown Paso Robles
For the second year now, the cancer Support Community will ‘Light Up The Night’ with over 40,000 lights in the giant oaks, spruce and cedar trees in the downtown park. The event is a fundraiser to light the downtown trees as well as for the Cancer Support Community.
The festivities will kick off on Friday, Nov. 29, at 5:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Downtown Main Street Association’s annual candle lighting ceremony at the gazebo. The lights will be lit at around 6 p.m. and remain lit every evening throughout the holidays until Jan. 1, 2014.
Light Up the Night is the vision of Cancer Support Community Board Member Scot Burns, in honor of his late father who succumbed to cancer in 2009. This event is a tribute to him and the countless loved ones lost to cancer as well as a celebration to the over 26 million survivors in the world today.
“Years ago I had a vision of seeing all of the trees in the park lit up. Last year, through the help of the sponsors, donors and volunteers, we made it happen,” says Burns.
The inaugural event raised over $50,000 and were able to purchase the lights, Burns hopes to exceed that this year. “In 2012, we provided free services to the newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families in San Luis Obispo County – over 20,000 hours of service were provided at no charge” says Burns, “with your help we can beat last year’s figures.”
The inaugural year drew people from throughout the county and as far away as Fresno and Bakersfield and an estimated 3,000 will attend this year.
“We really need the community to get behind this event,” says Burns. “They can get involved and purchase bulbs online, or directly at the Cancer Support Community, we all benefit from this type of community effort”. For more information or to make donations visit LightUpTheNightPasoRobles.com.
About The Cancer Support Community
Cancer Support Community – California Central Coast is a national non-profit 501c3 organization that provides support, education and hope to people with cancer and their loved ones. Through participation in professionally led support groups, educational workshops and mind/body classes utilizing the Patient Active Concept, people affected by cancer learn vital skills that enable them to regain control, reduce isolation and restore hope regardless of the stage of disease. Most importantly, The Cancer Support Community – California Central Coast provides a home-like setting for people fighting cancer to connect with and learn from each other.