Wall Christmas Light Show Seeks Sponsors
It's one of the most popular events at the Jersey Shore every year, and the event's creators say they could use additional support this year. The Wall Christmas Light Show is returning for its 11th year, but the Asbury Park Press reports that the event will have additional costs for security, parking attendants and light towers this year.
Wall Township no longer will foot the bill for security, according to the report. The event's producer Dan Brateris tells the Asbury Park Press that the event won't be cancelled. However, they may have to charge attendees in future years to cover the increased costs.
The very popular event has been free for 11 years, but it also serves as a fundraiser for Challenged Youth Sports. The Jersey Shore based organization is recreational sports program for children with disabilities. Individuals are encouraged to donate $10 for attendance, and families are encouraged to donate $25. Last year the Christmas Light Show raised almost $19,000 for Challenged Youth Sports.
Brateris told APP that they appreciated the township's support throughout the past 11 years, and he said their decision was not unreasonable.
However, the agreement came pretty late in the fall, and it makes it tough for event producers.“Next year I don’t think we’ll have any issues going around local businesses and getting people to contribute. When we tried to do it in five weeks, when at the same time you’ve got a show to put together, it’s a lot," he tells APP.com.
There are opportunities for sponsorship at all levels. Contact the event's producers on their website for more information.
We've got all of the details this year's Christmas light shows (which take place on December 10, 11 and December 17th) on WOBM.com.