Making Wilton Beautiful initiative launches fundraising campaign: Opportunity to help

Members of the Making Wilton Beautiful initiative, and the Wilton Garden Club hope to make the town shine even brighter during the general holiday season, than it already is, and are thus launching a fundraising campaign to raise $8,400, to purchase an additional 24 snowflakes for the effort. A photo of a snowflake, a garland, and a bow, in Wilton, during a previous holiday season in the town, is shown.

Members of the Making Wilton Beautiful initiative, and the Wilton Garden Club hope to make the town shine even brighter during the general holiday season, than it already is, and are thus launching a fundraising campaign to raise $8,400, to purchase an additional 24 snowflakes for the effort. A photo of a snowflake, a garland, and a bow, in Wilton, during a previous holiday season in the town, is shown.

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Wilton Center sparkled over the holiday season thanks to the giant lit snowflakes that adorned 54 of the town’s lampposts.

Next year, members of the Making Wilton Beautiful initiative and the Wilton Garden Club hope to make the town shine even brighter. They are launching a fundraising campaign to raise $8,400 to purchase an additional 24 snowflakes. This will enable them to extend the holiday light display all the way down River Road to Horseshoe Pond. Currently, only the lampposts along Old Ridgefield Road, Center Street and a portion of River Road are illuminated.

“Festively decorated town squares add a joyous feel and holiday cheer to the center of town. It encourages people to get out of the house and stroll the streets. It’s healthy and peaceful, which is particularly welcome during troubling times and promotes a robust dining and shopping environment for the town’s merchants,” campaign co-chair Suzanne Knutson said.

The idea for more lights sprang from the community. “This past holiday season we heard from a lot of people urging us to extend the snowflakes all the way down River Road,” Knutson said. “We’d love to do that, but the snowflakes are expensive. Each one costs about $350. We figured we’d appeal to the community and see how much money we can raise. That’ll determine how many snowflakes we can buy. The supplier is having a sale right now, so there’s a sense of urgency to get this done immediately. Raising $8,400 is an ambitious goal, but the snowflakes are a long-term investment in the town’s beautification.”

Contributions, and donations of all sizes would be appreciated in order to complete the project, Knutson said.

“Every donation, large or small makes a positive difference in enhancing the beauty and festiveness of our town,” she said.

To make a donation, go to the Wilton Garden Club’s website at www.wiltongardenclub.org and click on the link “Making Wilton Beautiful.” Checks made payable to “Wilton Garden Club” may also be mailed to Wilton Garden Club, P.O. Box 121, Wilton, CT 06897. All contributions are tax deductible, and will be acknowledged.