Paso’s Lights of Hope benefits local cancer patients
Cancer Support Community event will keep downtown lit up through March
–Paso’s Lights of Hope, formerly known as Light up the Night, kicked off Saturday in conjunction with the annual Elegant Evening Downtown event. The annual fundraiser, benefiting The Cancer Support Community – California Central Coast, is a way to raise funds and awareness for cancer survivors in the local community, while shining the light on the organization’s mission that “no one faces cancer alone.”
The public is encouraged to attend Paella and Pours, an evening of celebration and recognition, generously being hosted by Villa Creek Restaurant & Cellars, located at 1144 Pine St. in Paso Robles, on Monday, Nov. 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy free servings of paella, pours of Villa Creek’ signature wines, and learn more about sponsorship opportunities for Paso’s Lights of Hope and meet past and present sponsors of the event. RSVP required; call (805) 238-4411.
“Survivorship is what we are about,” said CSC Executive Director Christie Kelly. “Statistically, we know cancer patients and their loved ones fair better when they are in a community of support during their journey. Hope, education, and support are the pillars of our program and key to what we provide. Fundraisers such as Paso’s Lights of Hope help us to continue offering all of our programming free of charge.”
Paso’s Lights of Hope, a truly illuminating experience of the holiday season, will have over 35,000 lights adorning the spruce, cedar and oak trees in Paso Robles’ downtown park. With an overwhelming amount of support of the tree lighting over the years, CSC has decided to extend the duration of Lights of Hope through March 31, 2016.
“Our hope is that Paso’s Lights of Hope will light the way for locals and visitors to our area through the holidays,” said Kelly. “By starting it earlier this year and extending its duration, we hope to enhance everyone’s downtown experience throughout the winter months.”
Co-sponsored by the City of Paso Robles and blessed by the Paso Robles Downtown Association, Paso’s Lights of Hope celebration is the vision come-to-fruition of Scot Burns and his family. A CSC board member, Burns, started the event to honor his late father who succumbed to cancer. The annual tribute, honor countless loved ones lost to cancer, is also a celebration of the over 26 million cancer survivors throughout the world today.
PG&E is a major sponsor of the event, and will provide volunteers to help light the trees this season. Davey Tree Service will also be on board as a sponsor with an all-volunteer crew.
“We hope everyone will consider joining us in our cause and support Paso’s Lights of Hope by becoming a sponsor,” said Kelly. “We offer many levels of sponsorship with highly-visible and unique benefits and opportunities to position your company, organization or loved ones’ honoring in a beautiful light.”
To get involved with Paso’s Lights of Hope, purchase bulbs, a branch, or sponsor a tree online at www.twcccc.org/lightsofhope or stop by the The Cancer Support Community office, located at 614 13th St. in Paso Robles. Call 238-4411 for more information.
More about The Cancer Support Community
The Cancer Support Community – California Central Coast provides ongoing education, navigation, counseling and support to the community at large including at-risk populations. Part of an international program, the local office is based in Paso Robles and helps to provide educational opportunities for the medical community with cancer specific programs, forums and awareness campaigns throughout San Luis county. All services are provided free of charge. The CSC mission is to help those affected by cancer and their loved ones enhance their health and well-being by providing a professional program of emotional support, education in order to learn vital skills that will enable them 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.