Seen@ The 2016 Lights of Hope Luminaria in West Springfield

  • Scenes from a luminaria event sponsored by The Center for Human Development and the Cancer House of Hope on the Green at Storrowtown Village on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition, Thursday, November 17. The annual event is dedicated to those who had or have cancer. (Frederick Gore Photo)

More than 1,000 small luminary bags glowed as hundreds of visitors walked the dark red brick walkway on the Green of Storrowton Village at the Eastern States Exposition Thursday night.

The golden glow emitting from the candle-lit bags were part of a fundraising event sponsored by The Center for Human Development and the Cancer House of Hope in honor of those who have battled cancer.

Each bag contains a small candle and is personally inscribed with the name of a loved one or friend. Proceeds of the event will benefit the services and programs of The Center for Human Development and the Cancer House of Hope.

Brian Sutherland, Development Fundraiser officer, said that the luminaria has been staged in Westfield for many years and this was the first time the event was held at the Eastern States Exposition.

According to Joe Kane, program director of The Center for Human Development, the organization is attempting to grow geographically and this was the perfect place. Kane added the staff and management from the Eastern States Exposition were extremely helpful.

The office is located at 1999 Westfield Street (Route 20) and offers free services and therapies for individuals and families facing a cancer diagnosis. To learn more about this organization, visit www.chd.org.

 

Photos and article by Frederick Gore. Published by MassLive on November 18, 2016: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/11/seen_the_2016_shining_a_light.html

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