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Dubuque's Reflections in the Park helping Hillcrest for 16 years

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- It's that time of year when light displays start popping up across Eastern Iowa. But one display in Dubuque is on it's 16th year and it's spreading light to a lot more people than those who drive-thru.

There's no better way to shine some light on the holidays, than driving through a light display. But what if every time you drove through, you were giving more than Christmas to someone else?

"Their helping improve lives not only a Christmas time but through out the whole year," Hillcrest President and CEO Gary Gansemer said.

Hillcrest Family Services Annual Reflections in the Park at Murphy Park in Dubuque is raising a large amount of money for the organization.

"This supports our programs that can't support themselves. So we depend on people coming out and coming out often," Gansemer said.

Sixteen years ago, founder Sharon Faley lit up, after driving through a light show in Peoria, Illinois.

"I said I'm going to make a light display like this in Dubuque and it's going to be in Murphy Park," Faley said.

Little did she know, a year later and Faley would start a yearly tradition in the Tri-states; lighting up Murphy park for all to see.

"It gave me so much more than what I gave. And I learned what helping an organization is really like," Faley said.

And she says now you can too. Every paying visitor contributes to Hillcrest. And funds programs like the Reflection House.

"This is the house where the families living at Hillcrest can come and stay for free," Gansemer said.

It's just one small way Faley gave back. And now she hopes to spread the light, encouraging others to give back too.

"It gives them knowing that they are helping other people but it gives them Christmas for themselves and their family," Faley said.

Reflections in the Park until January 2nd. They're open everyday 5:00 PM until 10:00 PM. The cost is $8.00 a car. And new this year, a season pass for just $25.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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