Welcome to Cheshire's Lights of Hope

"This year's November 14, 2020 annual event is an opportunity to pause for a moment and reflect on our work over the past 16 years and celebrate our collective achievements as a community," said Don Walsh. "What started as a small neighborhood gathering has expanded beyond our expectations every year. We're grateful for our generous volunteers, our sponsors, and the community who comes together to celebrate and advance our mission."

The afternoon ceremony on the First Congregational Church Green was adapted to accommodate COVID-19 protocols and closed to the public. Don Walsh and Jenifer Walsh proudly announced the increase in donations and sales of luminary kits allowed the nonprofit to increase grants and award:

  • $14,500 to the Cheshire Community Food Pantry
  • $14,500 to Cheshire Youth and Family Services
  • $8,500 to the Petit Family Foundation
  • $2,000 to the Cheshire Food Drive
  • $1,000 grant to the Cheshire YMCA a $1,000 grant
  • Plus $2,000 each for scholarships for two volunteer-oriented high school seniors

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In The Spotlight

Celebrating its 15th year, Cheshire's Lights of Hope has raised over $985,000 for local charities since its birth in one small neighborhood

Did You Know?

Luminaries purchased: Over 700,000
Scholarships awarded: Over $32,500 to 15 deserving high school graduates
Number of volunteers: thousands
Number of sponsors: over 200 businesses, individuals and families
Miles lit up: over 250 miles