Help needed to keep Circle of Lights shining

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Circle of Lights has been a tradition for 53 years. Now, help is needed to keep the tradition shining bright.

Brett Dye of Greenfield said, “I remember growing up in Indianapolis as a child. The lights would come up. It was fantastic. It was a good time of the year. Now with children of my own that’s what they look forward to. Let’s go downtown to see the lights.”

“I think it gives a real focal point to Indy and helps celebrate the season,” said Sidhbh Gallagher of Indianapolis.

The Circle of Lights display consists of 4,784 light bulbs. There are 92 bulbs on 52 strands around the monument to represent the 92 counties in Indiana and the colors represent a branch in the United States Armed Forces. Blue represents the Navy. Green represents the Army. Clear represents the Air Force. Yellow represents the Coast Guard. Red represents the Marines.

The time has come to replace the bulbs.

Bob Schultz, vice president of marketing, communications, and events for Downtown Indy, explained, “Once every 15 to 20 years we need to replace the aging decor. Not only the lights and the wiring, but some of the decor elements that surround the circle.”

To preserve the iconic display, Downtown Indy is asking for donations from the public. The goal is to raise $500,000.

“This is not the type of thing where you can go out to Sullivan’s hardware and buy a strand of lights and string it to the monument. Each one of these is created by the electrical workers of IBW 481,” Schultz said.

People can text “LIGHTS” to 27722 to make a tax deductible donation.

Donations can also be made on Downtown Indy’s website by clicking here

Schultz adds, “It’s a very safe and secure text-to-donate reputable company that we’ve partnered with that takes your credit card information, secures it in a payment setting that is very safe and secure, and then we’re able to draw the income off of your credit card.”

Donors who give at least $100 will be given one of the bulbs used for the Circle of Lights display as a gift.

Schultz said Downtown Indy will begin replacing decor as donations pour in.

The current Circle of Lights display will be visible on Monument Circle until January 9, 2016.

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