THE CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS is our main annual fundraiser, and on December 4, 2021 it was presented as a Drive-Through Luminary Service at St. Julia Catholic Church. Participants celebrated the season outdoors with a live band playing holiday favorites and a bilingual Christmas message from Pastor Bob Wachs (Bear Creek Baptist Church) and Friar Julio Alberto Martínez (St. Julia Catholic Church), all from the safety and comfort of their own vehicles. Admission to the Luminary Service was, as usual, free, and we welcomed hundreds of families.
We are so thankful for the luminaries purchased in honor or in memory of loved ones:
Josh Gaines . Eva Davis . Bill Gaines . Margaret Bowers Schwankl Stein . Elmer Stein . John Faith Sr . Genevieve Faith . John Faith Jr . Peter Faith . Mary Faith . Jerry Schwankl . Margory Bjorkland Schwankl . Bill Barnhardt . Mary Lou Barnhardt . Howard and Jean Glasser . Coy A. Brown . Lois D. Brown . Frank J. Wachs . Leona C. Wachs . Carl Taylor . Ruth Greer . Larry Cheek . Mozelle Alston . Henry Davis . Ronald Lee Teague . Lyric Edwards . Paul Flowers . Nancy Flowers . Jane Budd . Bill Wall . Marie Wall . Butch Lucas . Kathy Lucas . Chuck Atkins . Jack Miller . Justice Families . Charlie A. Fields Jr . Thelma Fields . Charlie A. Fields Sr . Marty Loflin . Christian Gaines . Mr. & Mrs. William Brooks . Mr. & Mrs. Joe Gorocki . Thomas E. Moore . Wanna Mae Moore . Charlie A. Fields Jr . Alex Szilvay . Wilma Meringue . Marion Meringue . Karen Meringue Di Nicole . Dr. Cliff David . Robert Kenneth Jones . Marie McHugh . Frank McHugh . George Petrie . Charles Petrie . Paula Browder . Laurie McNeil . Shirley Robbins Litt . Martin Robbins . Linda Bryant . Sebastian Piraneo . John Menhofer . Anne Menhofer . Victor Mignano . Lena Mignano . Adele Petrie . Seth Cuni . Mary Cuni . Victoria A. Boone . J. Jerome Boone . Fleta Price . Fleta Lois Knight . Dr. Ben & Louise Streets . Eva Streets . James H. Randolph, III . David H. Streets . Charlene Randolph . Jack Brooks . Sara Chadwick . Ben Harrison . Maggie Zychocwski (awesome & loving woman) . Elizabeth Haddix (incredible lawyer) . Chatham Literacy’s incredible staff . Dolly, Matt & Peyton Sickles . Leigh Harris . The Effrein Family . The Flick Family . The Davis Family . Dottie Gaines-Henson . Lynda Pore . Friar Julio Martinez . Anne Marie Faith Schwankl . Norman J. Brown . Marilea L. Brown . Shirley Wachs . Lynn Glasser . Patricia Dowdy . Anna Salazar-Ortiz . Alpha Cheek . Peter S. Wilson Jr . Rachel Scott . Verna Fields . Charles A. Fields III . Lizzie Dowdy . Lewis Dowdy . Rachel Scott . Lester Scott Jr . Jack Brooks (Founder of Chatham Cares) . Kling Family . Gionfriddo Family . Frances Lednum
100% of the sale of luminaries will be used for prescription drug purchases, which are then dispensed to patients through Chatham Cares Community Pharmacy.
Special thanks to this year’s sponsors:
- United Way of Chatham County
- Chatham News & Record
- Mountaire Cares
- Wren Foundation
- Food Lion, Pittsboro
- Carolina Cravings Cookie Company
- Galloway Ridge
Download the 2021 Celebration of Lights flyer here.
The Celebration of Lights will return December 2022. We hope to see you there.
If you want to purchase a luminary, download this form, complete it, and mail it along with payment to: Chatham Cares Community Pharmacy, 127 E. Raleigh St., Siler City, NC 27344.