FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Delores Gale, Development Director
1311 N. Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602
(989) 752-7226 office
ANNUAL FREELAND LIGHTS SHOW BENEFITS
CAN COUNCIL FOR 5TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
85,000 Christmas Lights Synchronized to Music On Display
SAGINAW, MI - December 11, 2012: Gary Shepard’s annual display of 85,000 Christmas lights is ready for viewing from 5:30 - 10:00 pm each night until December 31st. Visit 7320 W. Freeland Rd., tune your car’s radio to 93.9 FM, and enjoy the show from the warmth of your car! For the fifth consecutive year, Mr. Shepard will be collecting spectator donations for the CAN Council.
Daily shows start at 5:30 pm, and the last show starts at 10:00 pm. Early evening shows start every quarter hour and last about 12 minutes. Shows beginning at 9:00 pm last about 22 minutes and include additional songs.
While visitors were enjoying last year’s display, Mr. Shepard was busy developing this year’s. It’s a hobby that he’s had since childhood. Mr. Shepard explains: “Decorating with lights started at an early age, at around 7 years old, when Santa delivered 5 strings of GE ‘Merry Midget’ lights.” He began setting the blink of the lights to music in 2005 and collecting donations from visitors in 2008. He’s given them each year to the CAN Council.
From 2008-2011, Mr. Shepard’s Freeland Lights Show has raised $21,482.70 for CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region.
Suzanne Greenberg, President/CEO of CAN Council says, “What an amazing way to make a difference - bringing families together during the holidays to simply enjoy the sights, the sounds & the company. Mr. Shepard’s generosity to the community is truly remarkable and his holiday gift to CAN makes an impact throughout the year.”
Note: Take a peek at the Freeland Lights Show: visit Gary Shepard’s website or youtube.
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About the CAN Council Great Lakes Bay Region
The CAN Council is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect through its nationally-accredited and award-winning education, awareness, intervention and advocacy programs. It is the only nonprofit organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region devoted to this cause. Founded in 1979, the CAN Council has consistently grown over the past 32 years to meet the needs of the community’s children and families. For more information, visit CANcouncil.org or call (989) 752-7226.