Light show ends with record attendance, donations


      Danville, VA-- The results are in from Danville's Community Holiday Light Show. Danville Parks and Recreation says the light show saw record attendance. More than 6,000 came out.

      The show raised $6,000 for charity. The light show is put on by groups in the community who want to raise money for their favorite non-profit. The top winners were St. Jude's Children's Hospital and the American Cancer Society.

      The light show recently won an award for Best New Special Event by the Virginia Recreation and Park Society.

      Here is a press release from Danville Parks and Recreation.

      DANVILLE - This year's Community Holiday Light Show saw record attendance and ended up donating over $6,000 back into the community.

      Organizers of the 15-night event estimated attendance to be well over 6,000 people.

      "We know we had over 1,600 vehicles come through the gates," said Lisa Ferguson with Danville Parks and Recreation. "Most cars had around four people in them, but we had a lot of church buses and vans and some cars were filled to maximum capacity."

      With the record number of vehicles passing through the gates, the displays receiving the most votes were able to almost double what was donated into the community after the inaugural show.

      Top vote getters and amounts donated included Old Dutch, $1200 to be donated to St. Jude's Children's Hospital; Team Pansies, $900 to be donated to American Cancer Society; Fraternal Order of Eagles, $600 to be donated to Wounded Warrior Project and River Oak Church of God; $300 to be donated to Riveroak.

      "I think everyone was pleased with the results," Ferguson said. "Last year we had around 1,000 vehicles and around $4,000 was given back to the community. We were extremely excited to see the increase in traffic. We already have begun planning for next year. We really hope to see this show continue to grow."

      Department Director Bill Sgrinia praised the efforts of the staff and volunteers that pulled off the show.

      "This has become one of the lengthiest programs we have," Sgrinia said. "Almost all of our staff get involved in one way or another and we can't say thank you enough to the volunteers who pitch in as well. I think seeing the amount of involvement on a nightly basis during the event really shows that this is a community event."