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Leaving a light on for charity

Pick a pad, then play philanthropist
by: Chase Allgood,

The Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce will kick off what it hopes will become an annual event today when the Holiday Festival of Charity Lights opens to the public.

The event runs Dec. 13-16.

Sponsored by Summerfield Homes, 84 Lumber and John L. Scott Realty, the four-day festival has solicited local businesses and groups to decorate nine unoccupied houses in Summerfield's new Oak Hill Settlement subdivision on the city's north side, near Forest Grove High School.

Members of the public can tour the houses, sip hot cocoa and vote for their favorites either by filling out a voting slip or by making a contribution to a designated charity that has been named by each house's sponsor.

Each dollar of a contribution counts as a vote. In addition, the top three vote-getters will split $6,000 in prize money donated by Summerfield Homes.

Area charities benefitting from the event include the Forest Grove Family Resource Center and the West Tuality chapter of Habitat for Humanity, among others.

FESTIVAL OF CHARITY LIGHTS

WHEN: 5-9 p.m, Dec. 13-16.

WHERE: Take Thatcher Road to Nichols Lane. Turn left on Larrabee Street and left again on 34th Place. The festival begins at Summerfield's model home (left) at 1013 34th Place.

HO HO HO: Santa will be on hand at the model home for free photos until 7 p.m. each evening.