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The big pine tree at Horizon House looked brighter Friday night as the first lights of the Tree of Hope were lit.
The campaign goal is to light 800 bulbs, with gifts totaling $40,000. Each gift of $50 in December will add another light. Gifts of less than $50 will be combined to help light the tree, according to Carol Fesco, Horizon House’s Director of Development.
“We have been collecting donations for two weeks and we are more than halfway to our goal,” Fesco said. “We have received $28,000 so far. We are thrilled to see this much of the tree lit up. We still need to receive another $12,000 in donations by Dec. 23 to light the whole tree.”
Horizon House of Illinois Valley Inc. is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization that provides services to adults with disabilities.
“The Tree of Hope has been an important tradition in our community for many years,” said Jim Monterastelli, chief executive officer of Horizon House. “People like to track the campaign’s progress by seeing how much of the tree is lit.”
The community received an appeal letter from Alex Yerly, chairperson for Horizon House’s 2013 Tree of Hope campaign. Yerly of Spring Valley works at Horizon House in Peru and also helps at his family’s restaurant, Verucchi’s. Yerly said he is excited about the approaching holiday and about serving as chairman.
“I love getting presents,” Yerly said. “I like all of the decorations, especially the lights.”
To donate, mail or drop off a donation at Horizon House’s main office at 2000 Plank Road in Peru. For more information, call Carol Fesco at (815) 223-4488.
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