News for the Normanview Residents:
For Immediate Release:
NRG is pleased to announce the fund-raising results of the 2016 Campaign of the Candy Cane Lane Holiday Light Festival.
Despite the enduring cold snap that closed the main site for a week, 9870 visitors came through and toured the other 390+ decorated homes in Normanview. While attendance was off the 15,000 average visitors per year, the Festival’s success is due largely by the commitment of the volunteer elves. We are especially appreciative of local country recording artist, Justin LaBrash for his performance, as well as, George Reed for making the raffle draws on site.
After costs, the net gate proceeds allowed this community endeavour to distribute $12,500 to 3 Festival Beneficiaries; Souls Harbour Rescue Mission, Regina & District Food Bank and NRG Community Grant Program. Our community is grateful to the Regina and Saskatchewan residents that made this possible with their support of the annual festival.
Local Businesses are the key to any successful fund-raiser, festival or community event. We are extremely grateful to our sponsors, partners and supporters. Once again, Ambassador Coffee Service and Tom’s Independent Grocer demonstrated outstanding commitments. Normanview Crossing (Harvard Property Management), SaskPower (donated Roughrider Jersey for Raffle), Ed Gatzke (local artisan for piggy bank raffle), Harvard Broadcasting (Festival Media Partner), in addition to other local TV, radio and print media are critical to the success of the festival. We appreciate ongoing support from past contributors that are indicated on our website NRGI.ca
NRG recognizes the City of Regina as a major Strategic and Funding Partner with this event and ongoing Community Association activities. The Traffic Division was very helpful in coordinating smooth one way traffic on Champ Crescent to the benefit of residents and visitors alike.
The CCLHLF Committee is already planning improvements for the 2017 Campaign that will have a New Entrance Gate, separate from the Concession Elf Hut. Look for our Float in upcoming Regina Parades throughout the year. Our goal is to encourage earlier attendance at the beginning of the festival for visitors to avoid the long wait times for entry, encountered typically in the last weeks. The Festival is currently planned to run from November 30th to December 24th, 2017.
For Immediate Release:
Normanview Residents Group Inc., the registered non-profit community association for Normanview, is pleased to announce the results of the 2015 Candy Cane Lane Holiday Light Festival.
Over 170 Resident Homes in Normanview displaying their support for the Festival with Christmas and Holiday Light displays, attracted 14,266 walking visitors during the 25 days the event was open.
43 Volunteers from Regina, as well as those from Lumsden and Saskatoon, contributed 1102 hours for organizational and operational duties. High School students mostly from Riffel and O’Neill High Schools worked with other Regina residents aged 14 to 60+ as Elves to service the donation site.
13,225 pounds of non-perishable food items was collected and sorted on site, received by the Regina & District Food Bank. The goal for this campaign was 5 tons, up from the 6972 pounds collected in 2014.
After costs, entrance financial donations were also shared with the Regina & District Food Bank. $2000.00 paid out will be effectively doubled thanks to the matching grant offered by the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan. The doubled amount will provide 20,000* meals for residents in need.
NRGI has implemented a new Community Grant Program, which will allow local charities to apply as a designated beneficiary of the Festival in future years. In response to resident & visitor suggestions, this will allow the organization to direct funds from the event to additional charities that serve Normanview and Regina residents.
The collection, sorting and storage of food items has become onerous to the operational capacity of the event. While viewing of the multitude of decorated homes throughout the neighbourhood will remain free to the public, entrance to the main site will require payment of an admission fee, as simple as 1…2…3! $1/Children under 14, $2/Youth 14-17 & Adults 60+, $3/Adults 18-59. Those visitors additionally wishing to donate food items will be directed to the drop off location at Tom’s Independent Grocer.
Great thanks is extended to all resident home participants and volunteers. We congratulate the Award Winners for Best Decorated Homes in 5 categories, selected from an impressive and competitive list of finalists. NRG recognizes that the festival success is achieved through the generous support from many in the community. We wish to thank our partners, sponsors and contributors:
- Ambassador Coffee Service
- Tom’s Independent Grocer
- Normanview Crossing
- Regina & District Food Bank
- Harvard Broadcasting, Media Partner
- Tubello Stoneworks
- Dulux Paint, Rochdale Blvd.
- Fix Building Products
- Orr Centre
- Future Print
- Omni Studios
*Estimated meals generated from financial donations as per the Regina & District Food Bank.
Candy Cane Lane:
We will be contacting residents on Champ Crescent to obtain a concensus on the issue. The resolution to the problem would be to have residents voluntarily drive in a clockwise direction on busier nights from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. This has historically been weekends and days closer to Christmas day. The Festival runs from Dec. 1st to 27th. The West intersection at 7th Avenue North would be the Entrance Only and the East intersection would be the Exit Only. This would provide less congestion of 2-way traffic being blocked by parked vehicles. On busier nights we ask that residents park as many of their vehicles on their driveway during the operating hours to allow for more visitor parking.
Residents will be surveyed early to update our participation list so that signs can be delivered earlier with the metal stakes to be placed prior to ground freeze-up. We ask that participants place the sign stake at their preferred location in November with installation of the sign on Dec. 1st.
Volunteers are asked to contact Mark Jaegli at 306.565.2591 or firstname.lastname@example.org . The reduced operating hours will along with the new heated Gate-House will allow for volunteers to participate even on colder evenings. We are asking volunteers to commit to at least one night.
The new mobile heated Gate-House is nearing completion for the main donation site. The Gate-House will be a controlled entrance to the North Pole Village Courtyard and Winter Wonderland Display. Donations of either Non-Persishable Food Items or Cash will be Required for Entry.
Hot Chocolate Sales will be located in the Gate-House for both Visitor convenience and Volunteer comfort. On colder nights, volunteers will be able to distribute Candy Canes to children through the walk-through entrance window. We are undertaking the possibility of having a Point of Sale for Debit, Visa & MasterCard for both donations and Hot Chocolate Sales.
North Pole Village:
Facade Panels will be built later in August to create another walk through display at the primary donation location. Volunteers with good painting skills are being asked to contact Brian Runge at email@example.com or the Association phone #306.565.2591.