Hillcrest Family Services in Dubuque is sponsoring its 21st lights festival in celebration of Christmas this season. Reflections in the Park offers a wide array of displays, including the very popular Tunnel of Lights, to delight children and adults of all ages. The festival in Louis Murphy Park will be open to the public from 5:00 to 10 p.m. through January 3, 2016.
Upwards to 50,000 visitors view the massive Reflections in the Park event each year. One of those visitors, Santa Claus, has been at the park every Monday in December. Tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. will be his last appearance before Christmas.
Approximately 500 community volunteers put in over 3,500 hours to make Reflections in the Park possible. Show sponsors cover the cost of the event, and dollars raised support more than thirty programs of Hillcrest Family Services.
Hillcrest serves the spiritual needs of approximately 71 residential youth who have been abused, neglected, and abandoned and 66 residential adults who are not able to live independently due to mental, emotional, or behavioral health needs.
Several districts support Hillcrest with Matthew 25 grants. In addition, the Conference Connectional Ministries Council (CCMC) provided a $687 grant to help support this fundraising effort at Hillcrest last year. All of these funds are made possible with apportionment gifts of United Methodist churches across the state of Iowa.