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Richmond meets fundraising goals for downtown Christmas lights

A recent fundraising drive conducted by the Richmond Downtown Development Committee to raise money for the purchase of LED Christmas lights has been deemed a success, according to the Richmond Daily News.

Fifty-four local businesses along with a host of individual donors have contributed $8,694 for the purchase of white wire lights that will be used to decorate the tops of buildings around the main square in downtown Richmond, the news source reports. Additionally, the committee had also accepted a $7,712 donation from Expert Electric of Richmond to provide the labor and materials, while KCP&L generously agreed to contribute two power boxes as an in-kind donation.

"Everybody came together," Jimmy Carter, the President of the Richmond Downtown Development Committee, told the news source. "It's been a community-wide endeavor."

Several official charity events had been designated to raise funds for the project. According to the news source, Hometown Pizza recently sponsored "Cocktails for a Cause," a Christmas lights fundraiser that was popularly known as the "Light the Square" event. Through tips and a percentage of drink sales, more than $300 was raised. Other significant contributors to the cause include Ray and Lucille Gill, who collectively contributed a $3,500 gift.

LED holiday lights on the tops and rims of buildings will be a welcome sight in downtown Richmond. Along with enjoying the great source of light and holiday cheer, local residents can also take pride in the fact that the LED Christmas lights are environmentally friendly options. According to ENERGY STAR, these lights produce very little heat, making them energy-efficient and safe choices.

Carter noted that the installation and decoration portion of the project remains on track, and the city has planned for an official lighting at the Christmas light parade and Richmond Chamber of Commerce holiday extravaganza on November 29.