‘Light Up Port’ fundraising event will return in December

‘Light Up Port’ fundraising event will return in December
The second annual “Light Up Port” Appreciation Illumination event to raise funds for the 2022 Schreiber High School Gambol will take place in December. (Photo courtesy of the Gambol Committee)

Parents of Schreiber High School seniors announced the second-annual “Light Up Port” event will take place on Dec. 10 and 11 to help raise money for the school’s 2022 Gambol.

The Gambol, Schreiber’s annual senior prom, has been a tradition for more than 60 years. The parents of graduating seniors collectively come together and find ways to raise money for the prom through a variety of dinners, events and other  efforts.

Last year, the coronavirus pandemic forced parents to think outside the box and come up with safe, effective and meaningful fundraising ideas, Alexis Siegel, a chairperson for the Port Appreciation Luminary Committee, said in an interview. A group of parents came up with an idea to create customized Port Washington luminaries containing specialized notes and messages for people to give to their friends, family, first responders or local businesses.

“After some brainstorming between people with professional marketing experience, the luminaries were chosen to be one of the new fundraising efforts last year and it was something we felt we could continue this year,” Siegel said.

One luminary kit, which comes with a Port Appreciation note card and an LED tea light, costs $10, while a package of six kits costs $50, 14 kits cost $100, and 20 kits cost $125, Siegel said. Residents can place their orders at SchreiberGambol.com or email Siegel at [email protected]. All kits will be delivered before Dec. 10 and all proceeds will be used to help fund the Gambol this year.

Siegel said the entire Port Washington community ranging from the Town Dock to Main Street will be  lit up on Dec. 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. with the luminaries. She thanked everyone who purchased luminaries last year and encouraged everyone to participate to not only honor first responders and small businesses, but to help fund a longstanding tradition for Schreiber seniors.

“We definitely want to thank everyone who participated last year and hope that more people throughout Port Washington show their support this year to make it bigger and better in 2021,” Siegel said.

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