The Pine Grove Lioness Club will hold the 18th Annual Community Tree of Lights at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at Larimer Field in Russell.
Lioness Bonnie Glotz said the annual celebration is the group's largest fundraiser and is used for community projects in Pine Grove, Farmington, Sugar Grove, Freehold and Elk townships plus Bear Lake Borough. Projects funded through the Tree of Lights include kindergarten eye screening, help for community members who are sick and a scholarship for a high school senior in one of the communities.
"The Tree of Lights Project gives community members an opportunity to place a name in memory or honor of loved ones, family, friends or neighbors. These names then go on a wooden memory or honor board that will be displayed near the Christmas tree on the corner at Larimer Park during the holiday season," said Glotz. "The Pine Grove Lioness Club is happy to say in the last four years they have donated over $10,000 back to the community through money raised by the Tree of Lights and other various small fundraisers."
The tree lighting ceremony will include carolers from the Lander Church. Boy Scouts from the Russell area will lead a flag ceremony and luminaries and Tom Russell will host the event.
This year's Tree of Lights was moved a week earlier before Thanksgiving to encourage more people to participate, Glotz said. So far hundreds of residents have already donated to the Tree of Lights, she said.