Fantasy of Lights barbecue fundraiser set

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The Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation is hosting a barbecue fundraiser to help sustain and enhance the Fantasy of Lights. The Writing Future Chapters fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, on Center Street in downtown Howell.

The barbecue will have a beer and wine tent, delicious food, silent auction, yard games, celebrity servers and live music. Tickets are $50/person and include food and one drink ticket. A table of eight is available at the discounted price of $375, and a designated driver ticket option is $40. Sponsorships are also available that include marketing benefits and complimentary tickets. Kona Ice treats will be sold for an additional cost with a percentage of sales going to the Fantasy of Lights. Click here for an event flyer.

“We’re raising funds so the Fantasy of Lights can continue to kick-off the holiday season in Howell, support local businesses and provide a day of fun in downtown the day after Thanksgiving for many families,” said Michelle Tokan, Fantasy of Lights director. “The Fantasy of Lights and Fantasy 5K bring thousands to Howell and have a direct economic impact on area businesses.”

The Fantasy of Lights is Friday, Nov. 29. This year’s parade theme is BOOK IT to Howell. It was developed in partnership with local author Denise Brennan-Nelson who has a new Christmas book being released in the fall. The Fantasy of Lights is working with other partner organizations in downtown Howell including Howell Parks & Recreation, Howell Main Street and the Howell Carnegie District Library who will be incorporating a book and literacy theme into their holiday events as well.

“We’re excited about the common theme and hope that families will enjoy the different ways that books will be represented,” said Tokan.

The Fantasy of Lights is a program of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a nonprofit 501 c (3). Donations to the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation are tax deductible.

For more information about the Writing Future Chapters fundraiser and the Fantasy of Lights, contact Tokan at or visit

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