21st Annual Winter Lights Festival Benefits Local Charities

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Posted: December 02, 2016 W The 21st season of the City of Gaithersburg’s Winter Lights Festival at Seneca Creek State Park, which has become a holiday tradition for many area families, is now in full swing. The Park is located at 11950 Clopper Road, just a few miles west of the intersection with I-270. The Festival is open nightly through December 31 (closed on December 25). In the spirit of the holidays, a portion of the admission proceeds from the 2016 Festival will benefit five local nonprofit organizations. Baby’s Bounty of Montgomery County provides safety, health and wellness essentials to at-risk infants up to six months of age who are born into poverty, homelessness, abuse, neglect, and other disadvantaged situations. The organization works with social workers and caseworkers to serve these babies, while ensuring they have a larger safety net around them. Baby’s Bounty focuses on providing items to help in three crucial areas, including safe sleep, safe travel and health and hygiene, as well as offering personal touches like hand-knit blankets and storybooks. Rebuilding Together Montgomery County (RTMC) works in partnership with state and local governments, community volunteers, nonprofit service providers, and corporate partners to provide free critical home repairs, energy efficiency upgrades, and accessibility modifications to the county’s most vulnerable residents. The repairs and links to community resources RTMC offers helps prevent homelessness, preserves affordable housing, and provides safe and independent living for those members of the community who are most in need. The Kentlands Community Foundation is a community-based, not-for-profit organization rooted in Gaithersburg’s Kentlands neighborhood. The Foundation’s mission is to serve as an educational resource on the landmark new urbanist community that is Kentlands, to build community by supporting local arts and cultural programs, and to provide opportunities for volunteerism and community outreach. Girls on the Run of Montgomery County is a positive youth development program for girls in third through eighth grades. The program teaches life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games and culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. Women Who Care Ministries (WWCM) is a faith-inspired, community outreach nonprofit organization devoted to helping hurting people heal. WWCM offers safety net services to those who are low-income and need assistance with overcoming hunger, domestic violence, homelessness, and substance abuse. The organization focuses on combatting childhood hunger and obesity and provides mentorship and stabilization to inmates and their children. Winter Lights is open Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. Admission is $12 per car Monday through Thursday and $15 per car Friday through Sunday, payable by cash or credit card. Winter Lights is sponsored in part by 97.1 WASH FM, RIO Washingtonian Center, BGE Home, Washington Parent, Whole Foods Market, Epoch Times, Montgomery Magazine, Adventist Healthcare, and Hughes Network Systems. Click here for more information and group admission rates. http://www.gaithersburgmd.gov/leisure/winter-lights-festival

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