Christmas Tree Auction, Light Up Celebration to Take Place at Bethany

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College will hold its fourth annual Light Up Night and Charity Christmas Tree Auction Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Commencement Hall. The evening begins with the official lighting of the tree, and includes a charity tree and wreath auction.LightUpNight_2014.jpg

The trees and wreaths that are up for auction will be decorated in various holiday themes, and all proceeds will go to Bernie’s Kids. The charity, which is named in honor of the late Brooke County sheriff and commissioner Bernie Kazienko, provides Christmas presents for needy children in the county.

Children in attendance can visit with and get their picture taken with Santa. They can also write and decorate a letter to Santa.

The event is open to the public. Gerald Stebbins, Dean of Students, can be contacted for more information by phone at 304-829-7631 or by email at

Bethany, a small college of national distinction, is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus. Bethany, the oldest degree granting institution in West Virginia, was founded in 1840 and traces its origins to the founding of Buffalo Seminary in 1818 at what was then Bethany, Virginia.