Realities for Children is an inspiring organization. I have been lucky enough to work with them over the years, and I've seen them do some amazing things. I manage to run into Craig Secher, President and Founder of Realities all over the charity circuit. I see him at 28 Hours of Hope. I see him at Adoption Dreams Come True. If it's a philanthropic or community event, Realities will probably be there.

Now it's time for their event.

Now in its 15th year, NightLights is Larimer County’s premier community tree lighting ceremony and has developed a reputation as a quality family event that attracts over 2,000 attendees and is visible to 60,000 community members a day throughout the month of December. Organized by Realities For Children, this annual event takes place on December 1st, attracts families and individuals from all over Larimer County and the support of more than four hundred and fifty local businesses.

NightLights was the first fundraising event for abused children in the history of Larimer County to raise over $100,000.  In 2011 the NightLights event raised over $130,000 that helped to provide for nearly 1,800 at-risk children in Larimer County throughout the holiday season and helped to support emergency needs for nineteen local children’s agencies this past year.

The Realities For Children NightLights Tree– is a one of kind steel structure that stands 50 feet tall, 30 feet wide and displays over 25,000 led lights. The NightLights Tree has become a Fort Collins landmark and drawn greater support for the children we serve and has also dramatically increased sponsorship visibility throughout the months of November and December on one of the cities highest trafficked intersections.

NightLights is an invitation for our entire community to attend this free event that features musical performances, warm winter beverages, tasty treats and the countdown to the lighting of the one-of-a-kind NightLights tree!

December 1, 2012 from 6-7pm at 531 South College Avenue.

“How can we even begin to express our gratitude to people who have changed the lives of so many children in our community?  You have put shoes on feet, fed hungry children, helped send kids to school; you have helped with medical services, emergency placement and transportation needs.  Although these gifts are wonderful the greatest thing you have given to these children is Love, Compassion and Hope! 

Executive Director – Adoption Dreams Come True