Beacon Church Holds 2013 Christmas Fest

New Hyde Park Church collects donated, filled stockings for children at event.

The band at the Beacon Church Christmas Fest on Dec. 7, 2013. Photo credit: Courtesy Beacon Church
The band at the Beacon Church Christmas Fest on Dec. 7, 2013. Photo credit: Courtesy Beacon Church
The Beacon Church held its annual Christmas Fest this past Saturday with games, crafts, holiday snacks, a full petting zoo, a photo booth, and more. The Christmas show included music and carols by a live band and an interactive show for kids.

Daniel Rivera, a United States Marine from 2002-2009, greeted the kids as they made personal holiday cards to be sent to soldiers overseas (photo attached). The outside tree was roughly 40 ft tall with about 8,000 lights. The tree was trimmed and the lights were strung by Walter Dryer's Tree Service (company located in Floral Park, LI).

Bravo Studios, located in Chelsea, Manhattan, supported the show by providing equipment and staff expertise. They loaned the event a 10,000 lumine projector (a $50,000 piece of equipment) for the interactive multimedia show.

"Beacon hosts events like Christmas Fest as a way of reaching our local communities and extending a helping hand towards those in need who are further away. There are no expectations or criteria- just an invitation to experience something new and an open door," said Pastor Robert Kelly.

Christmas Fest was also vehicle for charity. Beacon collaborated with Pay It Forward With Jackie to collect donated, filled stockings at the event -to be delivered to children in hospitals or homeless shelters throughout December. The small, volunteer run organization was co- founded by Joanna Delgado and Cyndi Poeggel. It was inspired by Cyndi’s young daughter, Jackie, after she was diagnosed with leukemia (AML), an adult form of leukemia not commonly seen in children.

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Patricia LaPorta December 09, 2013 at 06:37 PM
This was an amazing night. We went to this event for the first time last weekend. It was very memorable. The tree lighting was so festive -- they handed out candles and lit one from another joining everyone in the crowd together -- everyone sang carols ... then we went inside for the show which was not only great but free. My husband asked one of the people how they could ever afford to to something like this -- they said it'seasy when everyone pitches in --people baked, made hot coco, entertained and made it a special night for everyone. My children are now grown but I will still go back next year and I highly recommend anyone with children to put it on their calendars. They had a craft area -another section where the kids could decorate a cookie -- the petting zoo was a big hit -- and, of course, Mr.& Mrs. Clause made an appearance.


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