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Light Up Princeton's Debut Season is a Success

Light Up Princeton took flight when the City Council approved $5,000 as a match to donations received for the project.  The total amount in matching funds raised for the project was $13,950, with the Princeton American Legion donating $5,000, claiming naming rights for the next 3 years for the American Legion Holiday Light Loop. Light Up Princeton also received the following generous donations from local organizations and businesses:
2020 Donations:
Princeton Public Utilities $                    2,500.00
Princeton Jaycees $                    2,000.00
Princeton Insurance Agency $                    1,000.00
First Bank and Trust $                    1,000.00
Walmart $                    1,500.00
Twice New Clothing and Treasures $                        300.00
Princeton Lions $                        250.00
Individual Donations from Marv's True Value Patrons $                        400.00

2021 Light Up Princeton Donors: 
$1,500 Connexus Energy 

Light Up Princeton would have not been possible without these donations.

The City of Princeton also wants to thank the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce for their dedication to this event through your hours of volunteering setting up, taking down and making sure the event ran smoothly week after week. We also want to commend you on using tourism grants dollars received from Explore MN to advertise the event. 

We also want to make sure we give a shout out to Princeton Public Utilities for their help in setting up this event with your bucket truck. We loved seeing the lights high on the trees in the park and this would have not been possible without your crew. We were also able to utilize Princeton Public Utilities LED Christmas Light Rebate program to get back over $600 from our light purchases, we are grateful for this program. 

An important shout out needs to go to the City of Princeton Public Works department for their hard work in ensuring we had the tools we needed, along with the man power to set-up, take down and trouble shoot throughout the event. Volunteers would still be setting up lights if it weren't for this crew! Thank you! 

Throughout the event, we relied heavily on the dedication of volunteers to set-up, take down and also man the event on weekend nights to collect goodwill donations to the Princeton Pantry and the local organization of the volunteers' choice each night. Throughout the event 2,391 lbs of food were donated and almost $5,500 in monetary donations were collected that went directly back to important local organizations in the community and the Princeton Pantry. 

Thank you to all of you who donated and volunteered towards this effort! We cant' wait to Light Up Princeton again in 2021!  If you would like more information on how to get involved with planning for next year, to make a donation or to volunteer please contact Stephanie Hillesheim, Community Development Manager at shillesheim@princetonmn.org.