Stony Brook Shines for Others is a neighborhood event that takes place each winter. It usually begins the weekend after Thanksgiving and lasts until the 2nd of January. Our neighborhood, consisting of 9 streets, decorate their trees with white lights. The neighborhood literally turns into a “winter wonderland” of sorts. Neighbors then donate their own money to a children’s based charity each year.To date, our neighborhood and business sponsors have raised over $56,000 for children’s charities in WNY!
Neighbors are then invited to gather and present the charity of choice all of the money that was raised. Each year participation and the amount of money seems to increase. We have been very pleased to have many businesses also join our fundraising effort. The very first event was such a hit that our “sister neighborhood” of Quail Run also wanted to join in. We are officially named “Stony Brook Shines for Others and Friends of Stony Brook.” Year #3 had a neighborhood in Kenmore also join us! They too line their street with white lights and add to our final amount raised for charity.
We encourage visitors to drive through our neighborhood or simply take a walk to enjoy the lights. If driving through the neighborhood be sure to turn on your car radio and enjoy some holiday songs! We have been very happy to see that many people…have been making this an annual event and have also been donating.