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Southern Utah News Front Page: November 24, 2015

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Raising money for Sub for Santa with Wishing Lanterns

After the Christmas Light Parade and Festival on Saturday, November 28, on North Main Street, there will be a community “Wishing Lantern Launch” at 8:30 p.m., in order to “raise” money for the Kane County Sub for Santa program.

Each year, the communities of Kane County rally to raise money for the Sub for Santa program that provide Christmas to children whose families have fallen on difficult times. Many lives are touched through the generous donations from individuals, families, businesses and other groups to make sure every kid has a smile on their face come Christmas morning.

This year, the Kane County Office of Tourism and Events and Volunteer Center unite to host the fundraising event. Chinese Wishing Lanterns will be sold to anyone who would like to contribute to the good cause or just to enjoy lighting the lanterns and launching them with the community. Either way, it will be an incredible experience for all!

Lanterns will be $10 each or two for $15. All proceeds will go to purchase Christmas gifts for children from families needing a little extra help this year. The Kanab City Chamber of Commerce has generously offered to match the funds raised. Any other business or group that would like to match the money raised is invited to do so.

“We will still accept any additional cash donations for Sub for Santa, but we wanted to do the Wishing Lantern Launch for the community to enjoy the fun of writing their special wishes on the lanterns and watching them ascend – knowing that the money for the lanterns will go toward a good cause. Watching the lanterns fill up the sky has a special, magical feel and we think it’s the perfect event to bring the community together during the Christmas season,” said Vicki Hooper, Director of Kane County Events and Volunteer Center.

The Wishing Lanterns will be available for advance purchase at, and available for pickup before the event on Main Street. They may also be purchased the night of the event at a table on Main Street during the festival. Hurry – they will be sold first come, first serve until they are gone!

There will be tables set up with markers to write your Christmas wishes on the paper lanterns prior to the launch on the north end of Main Street. “Whether you’re sending love notes to someone special who has passed, sending your Christmas wishes or gratitude skyward, we invite you to make this a very personal and special experience with your family and friends,” said Camille Johnson of the Kane County Office of Tourism. “This is a tradition we hope to do every year. We hope to get everyone to come out and support the cause.”

All who are participating in the Wishing Lantern Launch will meet on the North Main Street. at 8:15 p.m. to prepare for the launch. There will be 50 tiki torches so that groups can gather around a torch to share. The first synchronized mass lantern launch will take place at 8:30 p.m. Participants will then be allowed to continue to launch lanterns until 9 p.m.

All are invited to take pictures of the launch and post on social media with the hashtag #KanabLightFest so all the event photos can be viewed by searching the hashtag. The Office of Tourism will be reviewing the photos and judging the best photo on November 30. The winner will receive a $50 gift card to Sego Restaurant!

The lanterns are 100 percent biodegradable, but the county is offering $1 per lantern “bounty” as incentive to the community to help clean them up quickly. The lanterns gathered may be turned into the Event and Volunteer Center Monday morning, November 30, to claim the “bounty.”

There will be a special guest appearance during the Christmas Light Parade and Festival by a seven-foot tall Darth Vader and seven other characters from Star Wars. Darth Vader will launch a wish lantern and whoever turns in his wish lantern will get a special “bounty” of a $25 gift card to Canyon Book and Supply.

For more information on the Sub for Santa program, call the Kane County Event and Volunteer Center at 435-644-3696.

For more information on the line-up of events for the Christmas Light Parade and Festival, go to

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