A barrage of winter storms froze the Festival of Light's revenue stream last year, resulting in the need for more donations in 2014.
"During the 2013 holiday season, Chickasha’s Festival of Light was closed five nights due to inclement weather," a release from FOL detailed. "Many of those days were historically busy nights for the Festival, and it’s estimated that more than $40,000 was lost in donations and gift shop sales as a result of the closings. The icy conditions also caused extensive damage to thousands of lights, which will need to be replaced for the upcoming season."
Uncertainties in Oklahoma weather plagued many winter events, including the festival.
“We never know what to expect with the weather during the Festival, but 2013 was a rough year for us in regards to and damage to the lights,” Elliott said. “The Festival of Light Board of Directors works diligently to maintain fiscal responsibility, but we are in a worst case scenario situation right now. Without assistance, the Festival will have to scale back for the 2014 season.”
Several events, including a July 4 volleyball tournament at Shannon Springs Park and pulled pork dinner, are some ways the FOL board plans to recoup lost revenue.
The FOL board of directors recently set up a “Go Fund Me” account, where anyone interested in making a donation can go and directly contribute.
“We know the Chickasha community, as well as patrons from across the state and nation, appreciate the Festival of Light and the work that goes into it," Elliot said. "It’s a great boost to the local economy for several weeks every year; we hope all those impacted by the Festival will consider a donation.”
To make a donation or find more information on upcoming events, please visit the Festival of Light website at www.chickashafestivaloflight.com or the Festival of Light facebook page at facebook.com/ChickashaFestivalOfLight or go directly to http://www.gofundme.com/8scxpg.
“We greatly appreciate everyone’s help and support,” Elliott said. “We plan to use funds raised to purchase replacement lights and for general operating costs.”