The Lights have turned out for the final time in 2011. With a shimmer of snow covering the dimmed displays, there’s still plenty of Light shinning from the event onto its beneficiaries; North Country Food Pantries.
On December 29th, huddled into an office were representatives of 8 food pantries and a backpack program that serve 7 different communities, a along with the Lights on the River, Inc. executive board & volunteers. In that office, $11,600 was donated, along with over 2,600 food items. Both numbers towering over last year’s totals.
Just to highlight some of the successes of the 2011 compared to the first year in 2010, here are a few numbers:
DONATIONS: In 2010, almost $4,700 was donated to the Lisbon food pantry. In 2011, $11,600 was donation to 8 food pantries. That is a 147% increase!
ATTENDANCE: In 2010, about 7,000 people visited. In 2011, about 12,000 people visited. That’s a 71% increase!
TRAFFIC: In 2010, about 2,000 cars/vans/buses drove through. In 2011, about 3,000 cars/vans/buses (and a hay wagon) drove through. That’s a 50% increase!
RETURN ON SPONSORSHIP. In 2010, for every dollar collected in sponsorship from businesses, organizations & people, $1.65 was donated. In 2011, for every dollar collected in sponsorship from businesses, organizations & people, $2.75 was donated. That’s a 67% increase!
These numbers show that with the help of businesses, organizations & individuals throughout our community, we can come together to create an event for all of Northern New York & surrounding areas to enjoy, and then give back to those in need throughout the communities.
Thank you everyone who came to view the lights, put in a display, sponsored the event, or lent a helping hand. Without your help, none of this would have been possible.