Lights of Love: A Tree Lighting Ceremony to benefit NAC Have a Heart Foundation and the terminally ill.

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On Friday, December 9 from 6:30 – 8:30pm, join the Newtown Athletic Club’s Have a Heart Foundation for a special tree lighting ceremony with Santa Claus and the Richboro Middle School Choir. This event, open to both members of the NAC and the general public, is geared towards families for an evening of joyous holiday celebration and fun. The tree lighting will take place outdoors at the main entrance of the NAC where a 17-foot Douglass Fir will be lit with lights and glow candles. The celebration will continue indoors in the main lobby with complimentary hot cocoa and cookies. Pizza and pretzels will be available for purchase.

Both NAC members and the general public will be able to participate in the tree lighting by donating a light in the memory of a loved one they have lost or one who is currently living with a terminal disease. This will be a tree of love and light allowing everyone to keep the memory of their loved ones shining brightly for this holiday season. To donate a light, please visit the NAC Program Desk or call them at 215-968-0600 x 112.

This year is the first year that the NAC and their Foundation have done this and they plan to make it an annual event. Kelly Beauparlant. NAC Have a Heart Foundation Executive Director said, “When we first planned this event our goal was to honor lost loved ones during this season of joy and giving. We have had such an overwhelmingly positive response that we plan to do this annually.” All the funds raised will support the NAC Have a Heart Foundation.

The NAC Have a Heart Foundation is owned by the Newtown Athletic Club and is dedicated to raising funds for both local and global causes of all types. As an example, over the past 5 years the Foundation has raised over $500,000 for ALS Research. The Foundation also supports advocacy at the federal level to promote the Right To Try legislation which is a bill which would allow all terminally ill patients to receive experimental drugs that have passed Phase 1 FDA trials and are now in Phase 2 and 3 FDA trials. Currently, these patients are required to wait an average of 8 – 15 years for the FDA to approve life-saving drugs. In most cases these patients do not have this much time to wait. The legislation is bipartisan and the foundation is dedicated to the passage of this bill for the good of over 30 million terminally ill patients in our country today.

To learn more about this and other causes please visit

Many thanks to the generosity of Glen Willard of Indian Walk Christmas Tree Farm and Carousel Village for donating the 17-foot live Christmas tree that will be lit. Appreciation also goes to Bob DeRisi and his team at Widener Construction for installing the tree and custom building the stand. Without their generosity, this event would not have been possible.

All are welcome and may come simply to view the event and enjoy the festivities. If you have any questions please contact Kelly Beauparlant, Executive Director of NAC Have a Heart at 215-968-0600 x 123 or [email protected].


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