Flipping the switch for the Festival of Lights is as simple as flipping out your wallet.
The Ardmore Chamber of Commerce will hold its 20th annual Festival of Lights Auction Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Ardmore Convention Center. There will be a silent auction from 5:30 to 6:50 p.m. and a live auction starting at 7 p.m.
Each year, proceeds benefit the Regional Park Christmas display. Chamber of Commerce Communication Coordinator Sarah Johnson said more than $100,000 combined has been raised in years past.
“Ardmore Parks and Rec is offering some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities,” Johnson said. “This has always been a great way to raise money for the city.”
Auctioning off items like toys hot in the holiday season, sporting event tickets and even a car this year originated before the first official Festival of Lights auction 20 years ago. The Chamber of Commerce used to auction items to fund downtown lights, Johnson said.
Funds from the auction help support a variety of other services, Johnson said. This includes general upkeep, security and other infrastructure-related expenditures.
“The cost of maintenance can be astronomical, even if it’s just replacing a few bulbs and wires every year,” Johnson said. “This auction will help supplement funds so that the Festival of Lights itself can stay a free event.”
Notable opportunities for auction will include flipping the switch with Mayor Martin Dyer at the Central Park Christmas tree lighting, as well as the chance to choose a movie for a future Movie Night in the Park.