Richard Lim set to lead Fantasy of Lights Parade

Richard Lim

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One might say that the Grand Marshal of the Fantasy of Lights Parade puts a smile on everyone’s face.

Local photographer Richard Lim was selected by the Fantasy of Lights Committee for his service to downtown Howell. The announcement was made at the Fantasy of Lights Writing Future Chapters Fundraiser in downtown Howell.

Lim currently serves on the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors, the Michigan Challenge Committee and the Howell Main Street and DDA boards of directors.  In addition, Lim is frequently seen volunteering at community events.

“I was really surprised for the honor of being chosen as the Grand Marshal of this year’s Fantasy of Lights parade – I thought it was reserved for more high-profile people and not some guy running around town with a camera around his neck,” said Lim.

I would like to thank all those responsible,” he added. “I am so excited to be a part of an event that this community looks forward to every year, to come together and celebrate the people and city that we so love.”

The Fantasy of Lights is Friday, Nov. 29. The theme, BOOK IT to Howell, was developed in partnership with local author Denise Brennan-Nelson. 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 looking forward to having Richard lead the parade as it travels through downtown Howell the day after Thanksgiving,” said Michelle Tokan, Fantasy of Lights director. “He has created many picture books of downtown that fit into this year’s parade theme of BOOK IT to Howell.”

Parade applications can be found at howell.org. Sponsorships are also available for the Fantasy of Lights and Fantasy 5K that takes place at 6 p.m. before the start of the parade at 7. Activities begin at 4 p.m. and include visits with Santa and his reindeer in Christmas Alley located on State Street.

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. Major sponsor is Cobb-Hall Insurance.

For more information about the Fantasy of Lights, contact mtokan@howell.org.

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