16th Annual Cheshire’s Lights of Hope Luminary Event to Light the Night

Organizers Seeking Street Captains, Volunteers and Sponsors

CHESHIRE, Conn. (November 10, 2020) – On November 14 volunteers and residents will come together to light more than 50,000 luminaries during the 16th annual Cheshire’s Lights of Hope “Light the Night” event. This year they hope to reach the amazing total of $1 million raised since its beginning in 2005.

Volunteer opportunities:

Cheshire’s Lights of Hope is seeking additional street captains and volunteers to join the group and assist with luminary selling, setting up the "Mile of Hope" on November 14th, and cleanup the day after. Volunteers can learn more and register by visiting here.  More information about what street captains do, simple tools, and which streets need captains for this year's event can be found on the Street Captain section of the website here.

Sponsorship opportunities:

Businesses, families or individuals looking to make a difference and sponsor the Luminary Event can review opportunities and download forms here.

Schedule of events:

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020

Location: First Congregational Church Green, 84 Main Street, Cheshire, CT 06410


2:00 p.m. - Check Presentations

2:30 p.m. - Mile of Hope Set Up

Dusk - Luminaries lit throughout town by volunteers and homeowners

Luminary Purchase:

Luminary kits are 10 for $12. Kits are being sold online for the first time here.  Street Captains are selling and delivering luminaries to their neighborhoods in a socially distanced, safe manner and are out in full force right now collecting neighborhood orders. Beginning October 17 limited quantities are available for purchase and curbside pick up at RW Hine Hardware, PAWs Pet Resort or Cheshire Nursery and curbside and drive through pick up on the First Congregational Church Green on Saturday, November 14.

The annual Cheshire’s Lights of Hope luminary event was created to shine a light on importance of neighbors helping neighbors and has set a goal of reaching the $1 million fundraising mark this year. The annual luminary event has raised more than $985,000 since its inception in 2005 and last year the organization awarded $48,000 to Cheshire-based organizations including construction of the new Cheshire Community Food Pantry building, Cheshire Youth and Family Services, annual scholarships for volunteer-oriented high school students, and the Petit Family Foundation.

Volunteers and sponsors are invited to attend the outdoor ceremony on the First Congregational Church Green where Don Walsh and Jenifer Walsh, co-founders of the nonprofit organization will award more than $10,000 in grants to local organizations and announce funding for two scholarships to be awarded to volunteer-oriented high school seniors in June 2021. All social distancing and health protocols are followed during all activities. Please wear masks if you plan on attending.

More information, including where to buy luminary kits and volunteer opportunities can be found our website.

About Cheshire’s Lights of Hope

Cheshire's Lights of Hope unites our community to light up our town and create a brighter world.  Through acts of kindness and generosity we encourage good citizenship and promote volunteerism while embracing and supporting local charities.

Since 2005, Cheshire's neighbors have turned to each other to raise money for local charities, raising more than $985,000.  The now-annual Cheshire's Lights of Hope event has brought together neighbors to help neighbors all with the simple act of lighting a single candle in a bag and illuminating our wonderful town.  Upwards of 100 volunteers turn out every year to bring the event to fruition. From street captains to clean-up crew, the town has made this event its own and has helped hundreds of area families.  100% of proceeds raised go directly to charities in the Cheshire community. For more information, browse our website or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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