For Nearly a Decade Holiday Lights in the Park has been a Shining Light for Residents and Law Enforcement in St. Paul

holidaylights2016sliderFor Nearly a Decade Holiday Lights in the Park has been a Shining Light for Residents and Law Enforcement in St. Paul

Plans are set for the 2016 edition of St. Paul’s best and largest nightly holiday celebration

ST. PAUL, MINN. – September 29, 2016 – The Saint Paul Police Foundation announced today that Holiday Lights in the Park, the Midwest’s largest outdoor holiday light display will illuminate St. Paul’s Phalen Park for the ninth straight year. The lighted displays will shine brightly each evening from Tuesday, November 22 until January 1, 2017.

For 41 evenings Phalen Park will be lit up with a wide variety of holiday-themed displays. Visitors tour the displays in the warm confines of their vehicle, making weather a non-factor. In each of the previous year’s more than 20,000 cars have visited Holiday Lights in the Park, making it the area’s largest nightly holiday celebration.

For new St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell Holiday Lights in the Park is a wonderful way for his department to reach out to the community.

“An event with the track record of Holiday Lights is asset to our city,” said Axtell. “I am excited to see our officers from throughout our department interacting with visitors and residents alike. This event not only puts people in the holiday spirit, it also brings us all closer together.”

Uniformed St. Paul Police Officers will be at the entrance to Holiday Lights greeting guests and thanking them for their support. In turn the officers hope that these few moments of holiday cheer and gratitude will help to strengthen the bond that is crucial to protecting and serving a city as diverse as St. Paul. Organizers hope that the opportunity for families, and especially children, to meet officers face-to-face will create new dialogues and cultivate higher levels of trust and cooperation.

The Saint Paul Police Foundation uses the proceeds from Holiday Lights to make the St. Paul area safer for citizens and law enforcement officials.

“Holiday Lights has been a great resources not only for community outreach but to give additional support to our men and women in blue who protect and serve our city,” said Donna Swanson,Executive Director of the Saint Paul Police Foundation. “For almost a decade this event has evolved into a community celebration that gives our officers the additional resources not included in the police budget.”

Through Holiday Lights the Saint Paul Police Foundation raises funds to make the St. Paul area safer for citizens and law enforcement officials. Funds support community engagement efforts, safety equipment and department outreach. In the past eight years, Holiday Lights has raised nearly $420,000 for a variety of St. Paul and East Metro nonprofits. Since its inception in 2005, the Foundation has raised nearly $5 million to help support numerous SPPD initiatives including providing lifesaving equipment, Shop with Cops, Police Activity Leagues, Cops and Kids program and community ambassadors.

“Holiday Lights makes our city brighter, both literally and figuratively,” said Axtell. “I want to personally welcome all of our visitors who show their support each holiday season. We are so very grateful for their support and that of the Saint Paul Police Foundation.”

2016 Holiday Lights in the Park at a glance:

What: More than 60 holiday-themed light displays located on a driving path

When: From 5:00 to 10 p.m. nightly from November 22th to January 1st, 2017.

Where: Phalen Park, 1615 Phalen Drive East, in St. Paul

Who: Saint Paul Police Foundation, along with volunteers from St. Paul Police Department.

Cost: Tickets $10 dollars per vehicle nightly – and available online or at the park’s main gate.

Discounted tickets can also be purchased in advanced by visiting http://www.saintpaulpolicefoundation.com/.

About Holiday Lights:

Holiday Lights in the Park is a venture the Saint Paul Police Foundation with the sole purpose of creating a fun and affordable holiday event that raises funds to help protect the men and women who protect the residents of St. Paul. All of the net proceeds of the event will be distributed through the Saint Paul Police foundation to the St. Paul Police Department to provide enhanced safety and training to officers Holiday Lights in the Park is open nightly from November 22 to January 1, 2017 at St. Paul’s Phalen Park.

To purchase tickets you can visit our website:

http://www.saintpaulpolicefoundation.com/, or for more information you can find us on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/stpaulpolicefoundation or follow us on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/StPaulPoliceFdn

CONTACTS:

Donna Swanson, executive director Holiday Lights in the Park
651-291-2820 donna.swanson@saintpaulpolicefoundation.com

Robb Leer, media liaison Holiday Lights in the Park
612-701-0608 Robbl@leercommunication.com

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St. Paul Police Foundation Presents Check to the St. Paul Police Department at Golf Tournament

Check presentation to support the St. Paul Police Department and its community outreach efforts are part of annual golf tournament on June 11

Saint Paul, MN (June 10, 2014) – The St. Paul Police Foundation is proud to announce today they will present more than $17,000 to the St. Paul Police Department for additional safety equipment. The formal check presentations to SPPD Chief Tom Smith will take place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 11, as part of the Foundation’s annual golf tournament at Highland National Golf Course at Mancini’s Char House & Lounge in St. Paul.

Thursday’s donation includes nearly $7,000 in grants from the Foundation to the St. Paul Police Department’s Motorcycle Unit for Motoport suits that protect officers in the event of a motorcycle crash. In addition, the Foundation will present the department with more than $10,000 in funds from its Holiday Lights in the Park event which took place during the 2014 holiday season at Phalen Park. These funds will also be used to enhance safety for officers.

“We are extremely delighted to support the officers who work daily to keep our city safe,” said Kate Kelly, Executive Director of the St. Paul Police Foundation. “The hard work of our volunteers ensures that we are able to make donations of this magnitude. We look forward to doing this for many years to come.”

Kelly said plans are already in place for the 2015 edition of Holiday Lights in the Park which will run nightly from 5 to 10 p.m. between November 24, 2015 and January 1, 2016 at Phalen Park.

Since its inception in 2005, the Foundation has raised more than $2 million to help support numerous SPPD initiatives including providing life saving equipment, Shop with Cops, the Safe City Camera program, Cops and Kids program and a variety of resources for crime victims.

St. Paul Police Foundation Golf Tournament Photo Opportunity:

What: The St. Paul Police Foundation’s 3rd Annual Golf Tournament to raise funds and awareness for the SPPD.

When: Thursday, June 11, 2015. Formal check presentation at 5 p.m.

Where: Mancini’s Char House & Lounge 531 7th St W in St. Paul.

Who: For media event and tournament questions please contact Media Liaison Robb Leer at 612.701.0608 or Jane Canney at 651-291-2820.

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

CONTACTS:

Robb Leer, media liaison Holiday Lights in the Park 612.701.0608 Robbl@leercommunication.com

Jane Canney, interim executive director Saint Paul Police Foundation 651-291-2820 jane.canney@saintpaulpolicefoundation.com

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Holiday Lights in the Park Looks Ahead to 2015 Following A Successful 2014 Campaign

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

 

CONTACTS:

Robb Leer, media liaison Holiday Lights in the Park

612.701.0608 Robbl@leercommunication.com  

Kate Kelly, executive director Saint Paul Police Foundation

651.792.5082   Kate.kelly@saintpaulpolicefoundation.com

  

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Wet weather temporarily shuts off St. Paul lights show

Star Tribune
December 15, 2014 – 8:27 PM

A St. Paul holiday lights show was temporarily shut down Monday night due to the unusually warm and damp weather.

The St. Paul chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), which helps sponsor the Holiday Lights in the Park display in St. Paul’s Phalen Park, told organizers in the St. Paul Police Foundation that the lights’ electrical connections could short out because of the humidity and condensation, making the event unsafe.

To keep the complicated displays illuminated, workers would continually have to help maintain the displays and could have been put in harm’s way, said Robb Leer, media liaison for the show.

It is the first time in seven seasons that Holiday Lights in the Park will go dark due to the rain.

“We’ve never been rained out before, this is a first for us,” said Kate Kelly, executive director of the St. Paul Police Foundation, in a release. “But safety comes first, and we have our fingers crossed that conditions will go back to normal so we can reopen [Tuesday night].”

Holiday Lights in the Park is open nightly from Nov. 25 through Jan. 1. The show is made up of more than 60 holiday light sculptures and animated displays that visitors can see from their vehicles as they drive through the park.

It costs visitors $10 per vehicle to experience the show. All of the net proceeds will be distributed to Union Gospel Mission, the St. Paul Police Foundation and the St. Paul Parks Conservancy. To date, the show has raised more than $336,000 to support local nonprofit organizations.

NICOLE NORFLEET

Warm, damp weather turns off Holiday Lights in the Park

Pioneer Press
Posted: 12/15/2014 12:01:00 AM CST
Updated: 12/15/2014 05:38:57 PM CST

The Holiday Lights in the Park display at St. Paul’s Phalen Park was canceled Monday night because of the continuing unseasonable warm and damp weather.

The St. Paul Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, co-sponsors of the event with the St. Paul Police Foundation, said the humidity and condensation threatened to short out electrical connections, causing unsafe conditions.

“We’ve never been rained out before, this is a first for us,” Kate Kelly, executive director of the St. Paul Police Foundation, said in a press release. “But safety comes first and we have our fingers crossed that conditions will go back to normal so we can reopen (Tuesday) night.”

The drive-through light show is open nightly until Jan. 1. Proceeds from the 37-night event will go to the Union Gospel Mission, the St. Paul Police Foundation and the St. Paul Parks Conservancy. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to http://www.saintpaulpolicefoundation.com.

 

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Phalen Park Lit up for the Holidays

Holiday Lights

More than 60 holiday-themed light displays are located throughout Phalen Park for visitors to enjoy while driving through. Check out the latest photo gallery from the Star Tribune!

 

Lights for Phalen Park show are stranded in Buffalo snow

In this file photo, passing cars created a light show of their own while viewing the annual Lights in the Park event in Phalen Park, Photo: Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune

Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune

Updated: November 21, 2014 – 9:13 PM

http://www.startribune.com/local/east/283498111.html

Two semitrailer trucks headed for St. Paul with more than 60 holiday light displays have been hung up by the record-setting snow in Buffalo, N.Y., pushing back preparations for this year’s Holiday Lights in the Park event at Phalen Park.

However, organizers said that they expect the charity event will kick off as planned on Tuesday, the start of a 37-day run that will end New Year’s Day.

“You can’t fight Mother Nature,” said Kate Kelly, executive director of the St. Paul Police Foundation, which is sponsoring the event this year in partnership with the St. Paul chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association.

The trucks reportedly are stopped on an interstate highway just south of Buffalo, where several roads have been closed by as much as 8 feet of snow in the past few days.

They’ve been delayed for more than 36 hours, event officials said.

Volunteers had expected to begin setting up the light displays Friday. Instead, crews will spend the day getting the site ready for when the displays show up, now expected to be Sunday.

“We still believe they can safely get here and we can set up over the weekend,” said event spokesman Robb Leer.

A call will have to be put out for additional volunteers this weekend, he added.

Holiday Lights in the Park is a drive-through light show at Phalen Park that features large holiday sculptures and animated displays nightly. Tickets are $10 per vehicle, with proceeds going to the Union Gospel Mission, St. Paul Parks Conservancy and the St. Paul Police Foundation. The event has raised more than $336,000 in the last six years for local nonprofits.

Kevin Duchschere • 651-925-5035