Hope lights the Square

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Photos by Ken Todd of Too Squared Singing on the west side of Lewisburg's public square, right, were members of the Marshall County Chorus as luminary encircled the Marshall County Courthouse and at above left, Canesha Conger, Stephanie Giles and Kathi Calahan stand by luminaries placed to spell HOPE during Hope Lights The Square

From Staff Reports

Hope lights the Square, a Christmas event presented Saturday by Marshall County's American Cancer Society Relay for Life chapter, has been deemed a success.

"We accomplished our goal," 2013 Relay For Life Event Chair Kathi Calahan said. "Our goal was to circle the square with Luminary bags and it was accomplished.

"Luminaries are purchased through donations in memory of someone lost to cancer, in honor of a survivor, or in support of a current cancer patient," Calahan said.

Relay teams raised approximately $1,000 by selling Christmas ornaments, food, hot cider, and luminaries.

"And the Hope lights the Square event was to bring awareness to Relay For Life and the mission of the American Cancer Society," she said, making her work phone number, (931) 270-0750, available to people who want to volunteer time and/or support.

Canesha Conger is the online chair for the chapter's 2013 fiscal year and 2013 Survivor Chair Stephanie Giles is another chapter leader available to coordinate resources and volunteerism.

"We are trying to recruit new teams and volunteers, and to contact new survivors for the 2013 Relay to be held June 7, 2013," Calahan said.

The relay is normally held at the Agriculture Expo Center, but that might change for next year.

"Some of the people on Saturday night asked about having it on the square," Calahan said. "We're considering other locations, but right now, it's set for the expo center."

With nearly 100 people attending, area residents interested in remembering lost loved ones to cancer and finding a cure for the disease were entertained by the Marshall County Chorus. Singers came from the Marshall County Community Theatre before the troupe's Christmas program.

"They performed for us and then went back into the old Dixie theater," Calahan said.

Lewisburg Police supported Love Lights the Square by closing the western block of the square, so there were four hours when motorists would see luminaries on three sides of the square.

A trackless train was rented to provide rides for children and those young at heart.

"The kids loved it," Calahan said.

That amusement was provided in conjunction with the local Joint Economic and Community Development Board, Marshall County Chamber of Commerce and Lewisburg Downtown Alliance.

Those groups funded the train, and "Santa was there for photos," Calahan said.