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June 15, 2010 > Splash down for Candle Lighters

Splash down for Candle Lighters

Known more for creation of a haunting ghost house every October, the Candle Lighters took time out this year for an excursion to Fremont's Aqua Adventure to hurtle down waterslides and drift along the lazy river. Candle Lighter financial contributions were a critical factor for the infusion of State funds and additional local contributions to complete construction of the water park last year. This organization is active all year although most are aware of its existence during its annual Ghost House event as Halloween nears.

For 40 years, this charitable women's group (with husbands and other male assistance) have raised funds through the creation of an annual Ghost House, now held at Fremont's Chadbourne Carriage House. During the year, proposals from non-profit organizations are received and a vote is taken to determine where Ghost House proceeds - $30,000 to $50,000 - will be distributed. Throughout their existence, the Candle Lighters have donated over $1.5 million.

Taking time from water frolics, ballots were distributed and tallied. The following organizations applied for financial assistance from proceeds of the 2010 Candle Lighters Ghost House (organizations are listed in alphabetical order).

Boy Scout Troop 269 - Camping equipment
Essanay Silent Film Museum - Theatre screen
FUSD Parent Representative Advisory Assembly Safety Committee - Radio equipment
Kidango - Learning and play structures
League of Volunteers - Telephone system
SAVE - Carpeting and furniture
Senior Center - Chairs
Stage 1 - Portable keyboard
Viola Blythe Center - Tables, desks, pallet jack

For 40 years, the wonderful efforts of this dedicated group of women have helped improve the quality of life for many of the citizens in our Tri-City community. Come out to the Ghost House for some thrills, chills, and fun to show your support of this worthwhile fundraising endeavor.

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