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Glow in the Park Lantern Walk Back Again on September 15

Posted on: August 14, 2019

Hundreds of softly glowing lanterns will be paraded around Lake Ellyn on Sunday, September 15th, as part of Glen Ellyn Park District’s “Glow in the Park Lantern Walk” from 5 to 8 p.m. The event started in 2016 in memory of Charlie Cavanaugh and raises funds that directly benefit Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago through the Charlie’s Corner Foundation. The free event, which attracts young and old, also features live music and kids’ activities.

“We’re excited to welcome back Tres Moustache, a popular cover band, as our headline entertainment act from 6 to 7:30 p.m.,” said Jeannie Robinson, Assistant Superintendent of Recreation Services for the Glen Ellyn Park District. “The music will lead into our paper lantern parade around Lake Ellyn beginning at 7:15 p.m. The always-popular face painter, 2cutebyhand, will be painting faces throughout the entire event leading up to the parade and Ben’s Bubble Show will perform from 6 to 7 p.m.” Inflatable attractions, including bounce houses and an obstacle course, will be on site for kids of all ages to enjoy, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

For those wanting to take part in the lantern parade, lantern kits are on sale at the Spring Avenue Recreation Center (185 Spring Avenue, Glen Ellyn). Each kit costs $10 and includes a paper lantern, a battery-operated LED light (candles are prohibited), and a 3-foot stick so participants can carry the lantern during the parade. Paper lanterns will also be available to purchase (cash only) and decorate at the event with markers, pipe cleaners, glitter, and more, while supplies last. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative lanterns.

“We had a very successful inaugural event in 2017, so last year we were hopeful that the event would be just as big, or maybe even grow larger in its second year,” added Robinson. “It did just that! We estimated over 500 lanterns were paraded around Lake Ellyn, and we had between 2,000 – 2,500 people attend the event. We hope to keep the giving spirit alive as we approach the 3rd annual event this year.” All donations and net proceeds from lantern kit sales will benefit Lurie Children’s Hospital. Cash and check donations will be accepted as well.

For more information about the Glen Ellyn Park District’s Glow in the Park Lantern Walk, please contact Jeannie Robinson at jrobinson@gepark.org or visit www.gepark.org/glow.