09 Dec SHINING A LIGHT ON CHILD ABUSE WITH REALITIES FOR CHILDREN
Blazen Illuminations was proud to partner with Realities for Children to unveil a new LED tree as a part of its annual NightLights event. The Fort Collins-based nonprofit has been shining a light on child abuse and neglect for more than 20 years – both figuratively and literally with its annual NightLights tree located in the courtyard at First Presbyterian Church, on the corner of Mulberry and College in Fort Collins.
The new 50-foot tree features more than 30,000 small LED panels that serve as lights, and are programmable to display logos, clip art and the Realities for Children signature color – blue, a color that is used nationally by groups that support child maltreatment awareness. The Blazen Illuminations team began planning for this project in May of 2018 before setting it up in early November of 2019.
The new tree was unveiled during the NightLights tree-lighting ceremony on December 1, 2019. The tree, which features a 10-minute musical light show, will be on-display through the end of December.
“We love coming together with like-minded organizations to make an impact and are proud to bring our expertise to this project and help Realities for Children shine a light on this important cause,” said Nate Webb, owner of Blazen Illuminations. “The technical elements of this tree are ever-changing, allowing Realities for Children to introduce new, exciting elements over the years and set a new standard for what they can do in the community.”
NightLights is Realities for Children’s largest annual fundraising campaign, running from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 each year. The 2019 campaign goal is to raise $250,000 to honor the organization’s upcoming 25th anniversary in 2020. All of the funds raised will go directly toward meeting the needs of children in Larimer County who have been abused, neglected or are at-risk.
Read more about the NightLights event and Realities for Children in the following articles:
- “Fort Collins’ Nightlights event shines light on issues of child abuse, neglect,” Times-Call
- “Realities For Children to Unveil Brand New Blue LED Tree at Nightlights,” North Forty News
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About Realities For Children
Realities For Children provides for the unmet and ongoing support needs of children in Northern Colorado who have been abused, neglected or are at-risk. Through a healing philosophy, Realities For Children provides special direct grand programs, youth scholarships and emergency funding for children in Larimer County when all other resources are exhausted. The nonprofit supports the process of recovery through youth activities, critical item distributions and resources to their 34 Partner Youth Agencies. Click here to learn more.