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Chehaw hosts Charity Night during Festival of Lights

Chehaw opened its Festival of Lights for an extra night on Wednesday for its Charity Night. (Source: WALB) Chehaw opened its Festival of Lights for an extra night on Wednesday for its Charity Night. (Source: WALB)
David Castellano (Source: WALB) David Castellano (Source: WALB)
Chehaw Park Community Engagement Director Morgan Burnette (Source: WALB) Chehaw Park Community Engagement Director Morgan Burnette (Source: WALB)
Girls Inc. Executive Director Wilena McClain (Source: WALB) Girls Inc. Executive Director Wilena McClain (Source: WALB)
The Festival of Lights goes on until December 30th. (Source: WALB) The Festival of Lights goes on until December 30th. (Source: WALB)

Chehaw Park's Festival of Lights is an Albany Christmas tradition, but for David Castellano, this was a first time experience.

It was even more special since he could share it with a charity.

Chehaw opened its Festival of Lights for an extra night on Wednesday for its Charity Night. Guests could choose a charity to get their admission fee.

"It was really exciting for me to find out that Chehaw supports different causes," said Castellano.

Castellano picked the Ronald McDonald Foundation.

"I know someone that had a child and Ronald McDonald the Foundation actually helped them get through that process," said Castellano.

As folks drove through the displays, they helped light up the pockets of service organizations.

"We're not here with our hands out asking for things, we're here to make the community the better so this is the start of that," said Chehaw Park Community Engagement Director Morgan Burnette.

Last year's first Charity Night raised four thousand dollars.

"We don't have money to give but we can put those people together to make those connections and make some good out of it," said Burnette.

Girls Inc is one non profit that could walk away with donations.

Executive Director Wilena McClain brought a group to see the importance of giving.

"Very grateful that Chehaw extended the Festival of Lights for one additional night to give back in special way," said McClain.

And the donations will be put to good use.

"We use our donations dollars for our programs to make sure that we're reaching more and more girls out in our community," said McClain.

Although it's only for one night, one donation could go a long way.

The Festival of Lights goes on until December 30th.

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