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

LightUpNight 2015.jpgBETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College will hold its fifth annual Light Up Night and Charity Christmas Tree Auction Thursday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in Commencement Hall. The evening will begin with the official lighting of the tree, and a charity tree and wreath auction will follow.

The trees and wreaths that are up for auction will be decorated in various holiday themes. Each is donated by students, departments or local groups.

All proceeds from the event 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. Last year’s event raised more than $2,500 for the charity.

Santa Claus will be making an appearance at the event, and will get pictures taken with children in attendance. Children can also write and decorate a letter to Santa.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, or if you would like to donate a tree or wreath, please contact Andrew Lewis at or 304-829-7631 no later than Dec. 1.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.