Festival of Trees & Lights Call for Volunteers

The Lights Committee of the Festival of Trees and Lights is looking for volunteers to help with this year’s Jewish Heritage display.

People are needed to help in setting up the Lights display on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 10 and 11, and to take it down on Sunday November 15, from 6 -9 p.m.

Volunteers are also needed to explain the display and hand out pamphlets on Chanukah and gifts of dreidels and chocolate gelt on Thursday, November 12, from 5-8 p.m.; Friday November 13, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and on Sunday, November 15, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. In addition, volunteers are needed to be a “dreidel mascot” during those times and to work the Jewish activities in the children’s area.

All the funds raised by the Festival of Trees and Lights will go to the pediatric cardiology program at Kosair Children’s Hospital, improving the care of children with congenital heart disease by expanding cardiac intensive care unit and helping recruit top pediatric physicians.

When asked why supporting Kosair Children’s Hospital is so important, Richard S. Wolf, M.D., retired medical director of Kosair Children’s Hospital said, “Children are only 20 percent of the population, but they are 100 percent of our future.”

Donations (tax deductible) are needed to help offset the expenses of this year’s Lights exhibit in order for more monies to go to the pediatric cardiology program.

The late Jerry Berman founded the “Lights” portion of the festival in 1989 to include the Jewish community and to provide an educational aspect about the rich Jewish heritage for festival guests. Last year’s 25th anniversary Festival of Trees and Lights showcased dozens of menorahs and dreidels, and thousands of educational handouts, dreidels and gelt were distributed.

More than 6,000 guests visited the event last year, with every person walking past the Lights display.
For more information and to volunteer, please call, Honi Marleen Goldman, 502-451-4564 or hmgoldman1@aol.com.

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