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More than 5,000 cars drive through South Fairmont Rotary Club’s fundraising light display

By MICHELLE DILLON

Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT, W.Va.  — Tuesday was the last day for this year’s Celebration of Lights in Morris Park.

The Celebration of Lights has been around for several years and the South Fairmont Rotary Club has been hosting it since 2008, co-chairman of the event Bob Hunt previously told the Times West Virginian.

Dancing snowflakes welcome visitors to the Celebration of Lights in Morris Park. The South Fairmont Rotary Club’s fundraising light display saw more than 5,000 cars drive through.
(Photo by Tammy Shriver)

This year there were 336 light displays in Morris Park. That is an increase from last year’s 279 displays, according to Hunt.

Since the creation of the Celebration of Lights it has led to more than $140,000 being donated to the Marion County United Way.

Last year the Celebration of Lights raised $50,000 for the United Way, according to Hunt.

There have been more than 5,000 cars this year at the Celebration of Lights, which is even more than the

number of people who attended last year, president-elect of the South Fairmont Rotary Club Jeff Doty said.

The South Fairmont Rotary Club is hoping to raise at least $50,000 this year. It looks like the organization will be on track to raise that much this year, Doty said.

This has been a record year for growth for the Celebration of Lights in terms of attendance and number of displays, he said.

“Bob (Hunt) is the guy who made it all happen,” Doty said about the success of the Celebration of Lights.

There has been positive feedback about this year’s celebration, he said.

“Everybody is excited,” he said. “On our Facebook we have nothing but five stars.”

Amanda Goodnight and Jeremy Poling brought their children Isaac Poling and Taryn Poling to the last day of the Celebration of Lights on Tuesday.

“I love it,” Amanda Goodnight said. “It’s awesome for Fairmont.”

She loves that the event helps the United Way, she said.

All proceeds from the Celebration of Lights will benefit the Marion County United Way and all its member agencies.

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