This year, the Webers will have regular viewing nights of their front lawn light show 5-10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Guests are asked to drop off cash and food donations in the drop boxes. Proceeds benefit local food pantries. The light show is in an east-side La Salle neighborhood north of U.S. 6 and just northeast of the main entrance to Senica's Oak Ridge Golf Course.
Last year, the Webers raised $11,000 and 2,500 pounds of food.
“We just felt that we are abundantly blessed every year and this is a way of paying it forward,” said Amy Weber.
The light show will feature 100,000 red, white and blue lights choreographed with traditional and newer Christmas music in honorU.S.military members.
The Webers also will have two special shows 6-8 p.m. Friday and on Dec. 14. The special shows are called “Friday night lights for angels.” Attendees are asked to carpool because parking is limited in the cul-de-sac. Overflow parking can be found at Senica’s Oak Ridge Golf Club across the street.
On Friday, all donations will go to the family of Katie Becker, 7, ofUtica.
Becker is recovering from a congenital brain malformation and has been in a coma since Oct. 21.
On Dec. 14, all donations will go to the family of Lily Rosploch, 3, ofLa Salle.
Rosploch is battling neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that affects children.
Also, Santa Claus will be at the light show on Dec. 21 and available for children.
“We wanted to do something extra this year for those families because we can’t imagine what they’re going through,” Weber said.
Kevin Caufield can be reached at (815) 220-6932 or firstname.lastname@example.org.