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Introducing the VIP Holiday Festival of Lights experience
10/24/2016 3:07:51 PM

The non-profit partner of the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC), The Parklands Foundation, wraps ups its 2016 Patron Series with a new benefit event – a VIP experience at the Holiday Festival of Lights on its opening night.

This VIP experience will be offered on the festival’s opening night at James Island County Park, on Friday, Nov. 11 from 6-9 p.m. For $25 per adult or $15 per child, participants will receive event admission, an exclusive festival dinner, and an invitation to a silent auction. The VIP ticket will also include a visit on the festival train, climbing wall or carousel; marshmallow roasting; a photo with the festival mascot, Wattson; and an event souvenir.

Only 200 VIP tickets will be sold, and tickets may be purchased by visiting Tickets must be purchased in advance. Best of all, participation in the VIP experience at the Holiday Festival of Lights will provide funds to benefit The Parklands Foundation.

The vision of The Parklands Foundation of Charleston County is to identify, develop and sustain projects that actively encourage people to experience CCPRC’s facilities, programs and services for the benefit of living a healthier and safer lifestyle. The foundation has hosted various events its Patron Series throughout 2016. These benefit events aim to engage the public in fun activities with community members in support of the foundation’s projects, which provide recreational resources for members of the community in need.

Two of the foundation’s significant projects include the Genesis Project and the Pass It Forward Project. The Genesis Project’s goal is to build and maintain three pools in rural Charleston County. The Genesis Project was established in memory of Genesis Holmes, a 13-year-old Hollywood boy who drowned tragically in 2014. The project’s name not only honors the life of Genesis and all others who died in this heartbreaking way, but represents the foundation’s efforts to eliminate drowning occurrences in the rural areas of Charleston County through facilitating access to lifeguarded pools and swimming lessons.

In 2015, the Pass It Forward Project was adopted by The Parklands Foundation. With donations to the Pass It Forward Project, the foundation will identify members of the community who encounter barriers accessing park facilities, programs and services. The foundation will facilitate, encourage and promote the giving of donations and goods, and pass on those resources to members of the community in need.

For more information on the Holiday Festival of Lights, visit The Holiday Festival of Lights is open nightly at James Island County Park from Nov. 11 through Jan. 1.

For more information on The Parklands Foundation and the Patron Series, and to support The Pass It Forward Project and The Genesis Project, visit or call 843-640-5451.

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