Annual holiday event has raised more than $366,000 to make local neighborhoods safer and to help those in need
ST. PAUL, MINN. – June 02, 2015 – The St. Paul Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the St. Paul Police Foundation announced today plans for the 2015 edition of Holiday Lights in the Park. In seven-years the event has raised more than $366,000 for local non-profit organizations. Holiday Lights in the Park will run nightly from 5 to 10 p.m. between November 24, 2015 and January 1, 2016 at St. Paul’s Phalen Park.
2014 in Review:
Despite inclement weather, which closed the event for a few evenings, the generosity of attendees and the work of countless volunteers helped continue a holiday tradition on the Eastside of St. Paul.
“This year’s success says so much about the giving spirit of those in our community,” said Kate Kelly, Executive Director of the St. Paul Police Foundation. “It takes more than a little bit of bad weather and few closings to stop Minnesotans from enjoying some of the best holiday lights around and giving to some very deserving organizations in the process. It is very inspiring to be a part of.”
All of the net proceeds of the event will be distributed to Union Gospel Mission, the Saint Paul Police Foundation, and the Saint Paul Parks Conservancy.
Portions of the proceeds will allow the St. Paul Police Foundation to provide the St. Paul Police Department with additional safety equipment it would otherwise not be able to procure.
“We are extremely grateful for the donation granted to us through Holiday Lights in the Park,” said St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith. “These funds will directly impact the safety of our community and officers. This was all made possible due to the hard work by organizers and countless volunteers who helped make Holiday Lights a success.”
With the 2014 edition of the area’s only drive-thru holiday celebration in the rearview mirror, plans are already being made for 2015. One of those plans is an earlier start time. By opening at 5 p.m. nightly the event will be available to visitors an additional 18 hours over its 37-day run.
“It is so gratifying to partner with such hardworking volunteers whose sole purpose is giving back to their community,” said Kelly. “We are excited for the future and we want give back even more to our philanthropy partners next holiday season.”
About Holiday Lights:
Holiday Lights in the Park is a joint venture of the St. Paul Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the St. Paul Police Foundation with the sole purpose of creating fun and affordable holiday events that raise funds to help meet basic life needs for children and adults in the Twin Cities metro area. All of the net proceeds of the event will be distributed to Union Gospel Mission, the Saint Paul Police Foundation, and the Saint Paul Parks Conservancy. To date, Holiday Lights in the Park has raised more than $366,000 to support local non-profit organizations that support the residents of the Twin Cities. Holiday Lights in the Park is open nightly each holiday season at Phalen Park. Visitors experience a program of more than 60 larger-than-life holiday light sculptures and animated displays from the comfort of their vehicles as they cruise through the park in the evening hours. For more information please visit our website: http://www.saintpaulpolicefoundation.com/, or you can find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stpaulpolicefoundation or follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/StPaulPoliceFdn
Robb Leer, media liaison Holiday Lights in the Park
Kate Kelly, executive director Saint Paul Police Foundation