Tuesday night marks the opening of Make-A-Wish® Iowa’s 20th Anniversary of Jolly Holiday Lights. While it opens to the public that night, many people don’t know that the opening night of the event is also called Children’s Night.
“Children’s Night is really fun for us each year,” said Jamie Rasko, Marketing & Communications Manager for Make-A-Wish Iowa. “Each year we send out letters to other children’s charities in town offering tickets to children and families who benefit from their services. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season – we’ve given out more than 700 tickets for Tuesday night.”
This year, the evening is being sponsored by International Brotherhood of Electrical Works (IBEW) Local Union #347.
“We love being out here and making a difference in our community,” said Patrick Wells, Business Manager for IBEW Local 347. “We’ve supported and volunteered our electrical services to Jolly Holiday Lights for 20 years. This year we are proud to be sponsoring Children’s Night – it’s a perfect fit for our organization and makes a positive difference in the lives of not only wish kids, but all of the children in our community.”
Jolly Holiday Lights, a drive-through holiday event with nearly 100 displays sponsored by local companies and organizations, is open from November 24th through January 1st, including all holidays at Des Moines Water Works Park. The cost is $10 per car and 100% of admission fees go directly to Make-A-Wish Iowa. On average, the organization is granting a wish every other day in the state of Iowa.
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About Make-A-Wish® Iowa
Make-A-Wish® Iowa grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Foundation has granted wishes to more than 3,000 children with life-threatening medical conditions since 1987 and currently grants a wish every other day in Iowa. To find out more, visit iowa.wish.org. Share the Power of a Wish®.