Fantasy of Lights 'Walk Through Night' raises record amount | Community Spirit
Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center announced today that the Dec. 3 walk-through night at Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights raised more than $8,890, setting a new event record. More than 1,650 people showed up to Evansville’s Garvin Park to stroll through the lighted displays on an unseasonably warm evening.
This was the first time since 2005 that Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights was closed to cars and carriage rides for a walk-through night.
The walk-through was presented by “Team J-Man Gives,” a non-profit group organized to help those in need and maintain the spirit and legacy of Justin Yates. “Team J-Man Gives” provided free refreshments for people to enjoy as they viewed the holiday scenes. The group also provided volunteers to assist with event logistics and made sure Santa was on hand to greet guests as they entered the park.
Also in attendance were members of the Evansville IceMen. They were stationed by the Santa Playing Softball display, sponsored by Orthopaedic Associates. The IceMen signed autographs, posed for photos with fans and gave out free T-shirts, hats and IceMen tickets.
In addition to “Team J-Man Gives,” contributors to the walk-through night included: IBEW Local 16, NECA, Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, La Sombra Espresso Bar/Cafe, Wesselman's Supermarket, Green River Kiwanis, and Castle High School students.
Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights is open through Jan. 1 to vehicles and carriages. Hours are 5-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 5-10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission per vehicle is $7 for up to 6 people; $10 for 7-14 people; and $25 for 15 people or more. Horse-drawn carriage rides are $30, which includes admission for up to 6 people.
All proceeds from Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights will fund physical, occupational and speech therapy for tri-state children and adults with disabilities served by the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center.