Garden Oak Holiday Lights is working on a new location for our display. The response to our display and the support we have received in the contributions going to our charity (The National Foundation for Cancer Research) has been overwhelming. We know our display is getting too big to continue this display at our home and this is why to are making these plans for a new location.
We are please to announce that we have had material and services donated to us and we have found a new location for our display. However, we are still needing additional items and we are still needing to raise financial donation.
We are still looking for sponsors. Up to this point, my wife and I have paid for 100% of the display by putting off buying new cars, vacations and other small things. We have felt that this cause has a greater importance to us – our choice. We would like to continue having 100% of the donations going to the organization we raise funds for - The National Foundation for Cancer Research. Because of the size of the new project, we are looking for individual and business support. We do not want to make this a commercial display, but we will have a way to gracefully recognize those that do help. As a token of appreciation, your name will be posted on our “Project Partners” board that will greet all visitors as they enter or display. We will also use one of the store fronts inside the square, to also show appreciation and mention your company name. If you donate over $15,000, we will additionally include your name at the opening of each show to say thanks for being a part of the community. Our estimates are that the lighting alone will cost around $150,000. To cover the lighting and other costs, we are looking for $400,000 in cash donations and $400,000 in material and service donations. We are officially a 501c3 public charity so your donation is 100% tax free.
If you would like to make a personal donation to help us build our future display, you are welcome to use our Pay Pal Giving Fund page by clicking the button below. Please note that this is NOT a donation to the National Foundation for Cancer Research.
My wife and I have contributed the first $10,000. We will also donate as much of our existing display at our home (lights, controllers, elements, etc.) which is estimated up to $45,000 and is not part of the money needed for the lighting.
The new concept
The concept is still fluid in thoughts, but at the current moment, we are thinking of an almost 20,000 square foot “town Square” that would be decorated for the Christmas Season and with lights to amaze all. The lights will be displayed on a ring of 12 “old time store fronts” with large display windows depicting Christmas themed scenes that people can look in on and admire - Santa Suit repair shop, Elf hat maker, etc. could title the buildings. Think large department store display windows, however, these are not actual stores to enter only fake facades - think Hollywood sets. The main attraction will be Santa’s workshop that will tower up to 60’ above the square’s store fronts. Multiple times a night, our Synchronized Lights to Music display will bring the castle and square to life to dazzle all as people watch from inside the square.
The lighting display will be the same as we do today at our home, lights synchronized to holiday or popular music. The show will be extended to have a longer show than we are able to produce now.
We are looking to make this a free attraction with all monies raised will be considered as a donation to the organization we raise money for.
Some have asked why are we putting all this money into our current display when it could mean 4 or 5 times more than we have raised in donations. The answer is simple – we are hoping that we are spreading the interest in people raising funds for Cancer Research on their own after they see what we are doing. We are also contributing to the holiday season in a very positive way. Last, we are a very family oriented and community supporting event. We are now a tradition to many families. You cannot put a price on some of the good this display has created.