Light the Common Campaign Progress

August 21, 2020

Our Light the Common Campaign is an effort to raise enough money, solely via monetary donations, to allow us to fund the lighting of the Common. With the cancellation of our in-person events, our main fundraising sources are not able to occur. We have set a goal of raising $15,000 by October 31, 2020 to partially light the Common. Check out our progress below. If you can help, go to https://tinyurl.com/bhf2020 to contribute*.

*All contributions and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Updated: 9/29/2020

Light the Common Campaign Donors

August 17, 2020

As our Light the Common Campaign moves forward, we will be publicly acknowledging those who donate, based on our already established Donor Levels.

Special thanks to each of these donors for their generosity and donation to our efforts this year to light as much of the Common as we can!

Premier Donors ($1,000+)
Frederick A. Ciampa, CPA, PC
John LaFauci Tile & Marble

Platinum Donors ($500 – $999)
Bob & Cathy Accomando
Bob & Charlene Correnti
State Representative Marc Lombardo

O’Connor Ace Hardware

Gold Donors ($200 – $499)
Billerica Access Television
Selectman Kim Conway
The Deslaurier Family
Barbara Flaherty
Glavin Construction Company
Shirley Holdman
James O’Connell Insurance
Steve’s Pinehurst Tavern
Peter Violette
Kathleen Wallace

Silver Donors ($100 – $199)
Dianne Bone
Lisa Botte
Boyle Transportation
Jennifer Brucker
Tracy DeJoy-Wahbeh
Dresser, Williams, & Way, Inc.
Enterprise Bank
Wayne & Jennifer Fisher
Joe Fiumara
John Gagliardi
Chuck & Collette Graham
Elizabeth Gottman-Hanrahan
Sharon Healey
J.F. McBride Insurance Agency
Sherry Keen
Kathleen Malone
Robert & Dawn Mason
Kathy and Doug Meagher
Mystic Motor Transportation Co.
Nicole Ouellette
Peter & Ellen Rawlings
James “Trek” Reef
Pamela Tomic
Heather Toomey
Darlene Torre
Elaine Tuccelli
Mary B. Wittenhagen

Bronze Donors ($50 – $99)
Carol Bejtlich
Margareda Bou-Nassif
Billerica Clerical Union, IUPE Local 140
Billerica Scholarship Foundation
Maria A Blaisdell
Carol Cavalier
Richard Colantuoni
Christina Courtemarche
Joan Diorio
Marion DePierro
Teresa English
Cheri Gargalianos
James & Rebecca Gately
Taryn Gillis
Ed & Sandra Giroux
Brian M. Goguen, PC
Art & Mary Kellerman
Julie Kellerman
Katherine Kiezulas
Clifford & Cheryl Knickle
Linda Little
Laura Manning
Steven & Jane Meltzer
Joan Pomerleau
Patricia Sawyer
Nancy Sullivan
Teresa Vieira
The White Family

Friends of the Holiday Festival
Ellen Bennett
Jean Bermingham
Andrea Bonnar
Robyn D’Addario
Heather M. Day
Lauren Dechayne-Donati
Ed and Janet Devlin
Lisa Devlin
Lou and Helen Devlin
The DiFraia Family
Katherine Emerson
Daniel & Margaret Gallagher
Julie Gianotti
Lynne Grubb
Paul & Mary Hayes
Wendy Hudson
Nanci Konsavage
Linda Kusnierz
Kim Ledoux
Linda Little
Kathleen Lydon
Wendy Zangri McDermott
Kathleen Mercure
Sarah Twomey Mercurio
Stephanie Penney
Sarah Phung
Debra Provost
Dana Reardon
Maura Sardella
Gail Sprangers
Angelo Stellato
Margaret St. John
Kathy Strang
Kristen Sullivan
Stacey Sweklo
Maureen Tainter
Ellen Teigeler
Suzanne Trayhan
Melissa Wabnik
Wendy Witt

2020 Events Announcement

August 14, 2020

The Billerica Holiday Festival is an independent, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide free, family events and to provide for the lighting and decorating of the Common during the winter holiday season. We take no money from the Town budget to achieve these efforts. All of our money comes from various fundraising, sponsorship, and donation support from over 250 individuals, local businesses, and organizations, not to mention the thousands of people who purchase Raffle Tickets at the Billerica Public Library for a chance to win one of the fantastic Display & Raffle items adorning the Library.

It is with great thought, a considerable amount of discussion, and with extremely heavy hearts that we have made the unanimous decision to cancel all of our 2020 in-person Holiday events. The long lead time needed to plan and execute our events necessitates us making this announcement at this time. While our in-person events will not be happening, we will still be moving forward with the “lighting of the Common” but without the Annual Tree Lighting event. This is where you come in!

Beginning today, the Billerica Holiday Festival Board of Directors is announcing our Light the Common Campaign with the hopes of raising enough money, solely via monetary donations, to allow us to fund the lighting of the Common. We have set a goal of raising $15,000 by October 31, 2020 to partially light the Common. This is only a fraction of what we normally raise and spend. But it is our goal to bring as much holiday cheer as we possibly can. Once our deadline passes, we will take assessment of our financial situation and in consultation with our dedicated partners at IBEW Local 103 and Gaston Electric, to light and decorate as much of the Common as we can. We ask, if you are able, to go https://tinyurl.com/bhf2020 to contribute any amount that you can. You can also mail a contribution to PO Box 929, Billerica, MA 01821.

It is a monumental effort to plan, arrange, coordinate, and execute our four in-person events each year: our Holiday Reception; The Home for the Holidays Display & Raffle; our Winter Festival & Annual Tree Lighting; and our Free Pictures with Santa event. Our 21-member Board of Directors begins the planning for our yearly, in-person events in January each year and preparations span the entire year. As we always say: you may not be thinking about Christmas in March, but we are!

Our in-person events are predicated on social gatherings, large and small: our Holiday Reception and Display & Raffle event takes place at the Library; our Winter Festival & Annual Tree Lighting is a large outdoor gathering which, weather permitting, can have upwards of 2,500-plus people all gathered for the event; and our Free Pictures with Santa packs many young families in to the small space at the beautiful Bennett Public Library Association building. Keeping physical distance at these events just isn’t possible.

We would be remiss if we didn’t extend our utmost and sincere thanks and appreciation to Lou Antonellis and all of the leadership of IBEW Local 103; to John Buckley and all of the leadership of Gaston Electric for their continued partnership; and to the administration, staff, and students at Shawsheen Tech for their valuable contribution each year. Their extreme generosity in these times will help us give you the best lighting display possible.

We are immensely disappointed that we must take this pause of our in-person events this year. Our entire and sole focus in 2020 from here on will be to raise enough money to light as much of the Common as we can. We don’t know what the world is going to look like come November/December of this year. It is our hope that our lighting of the Common provides some small consolation, comfort, and normalcy during the holidays this year.

We look forward to returning bigger, better, and stronger for our 2021 season. Until then, if you are able to, we ask that you help us make 2020 the best it can be!

Sincerely,
The 21 Directors of the Billerica Holiday Festival

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