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Civic Welfare Club's luminaria sale makes Yuletide bright

Candlelit streets will mean scholarship funds for local students

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The Grandview Civic Welfare Club's annual sale of luminarias helps make Grandview and Marble Cliff look picture-perfect on Christmas Eve.

This year, along with its annual sale, the club will sponsor an amateur photo contest of nighttime shots of the glowing luminarias.

"We're inviting people to take photographs of the candles at their home or in their neighborhood," said club member Deb Waltz.

The contest is designed "to help us promote our annual sale," she said.

The photographs must be shot after dark on Christmas Eve and hard copies of the pictures must be mailed to Photo Contest, 1151 Oxley Road, Columbus 43212, Waltz said.

The entries will become the property of the civic welfare club, which will use them in future fliers and posters advertising the annual sale, she said.

A $50 first prize will be awarded and additional prizes are to be announced, Waltz said.

Club members will sell candles and supplies Dec. 14-15 and Dec. 21-23 in the atrium of the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave.

The sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit the club's scholarship fund.

"Last year, we netted about $4,000, so we were able to present $1,000 scholarships to four Grandview students," club member Deena Snapp said.

"It's the community's support that allows us to provide these scholarships, so I always think of them as being scholarships from the community," she said.

The prices for this year's sale are 55 cents each for votive candles, which burn for 10 hours; 15 cents each for white bags or $1.50 for a dozen; and $8 for a bargain bag containing 12 candles and 12 bags. A "grab and go" bag, which includes a bargain bag plus lighter and sand, costs $10.

A number of hand-knitted items also will be available for a $5, $10 or $15 donation.

To place an order, call Peggy Pierce at 614-488-3989.

The sale has been a Grandview tradition since 1987.

For the first several years, the club used its profits to make donations to community charities, Snapp said. The scholarship fund was created in 1996; since then, more than $30,000 in awards have been presented to local high school students.

Many streets in Grandview and Marble Cliff have a large number of residents who place the illuminated candles on their properties and along the street, Waltz said.

"Cambridge Boulevard probably has 70-percent participation," she said. "It just looks beautiful on Christmas Eve night."

The club also will place luminarias at Memorial Park on Christmas Eve, Waltz said.

"There are a lot of people who drive by that park and we want it to look nice for the holiday," she said. "It's also a way to remember those in the military."

As it does every year, the civic welfare club provided luminarias for the annual holiday tree-lighting ceremony, held Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Grandview Center.