PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- A dazzling Christmas lights show in northwest suburban Park Ridge brought joy to the many visitors who saw it, and it raised money for a great cause.
Throughout the Christmas season, donations were collected at the display that totaled $110,482 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation, foundation spokeswoman Kaitlyn Bryant told the Park Ridge Herald-Advocate. The money will go toward childhood cancer research, she said.
Homeowner Tom Grusecki told the Herald-Advocate that donations are still coming in, and he projects the final numbers to be in the $112,000 to $114,000 range.
The light display paid special honor to Benicio "Benny" Martinez, a local 13-year-old boy who is battling the effects of treatment for brain cancer.
The words "Benicio Strong" were written in lights as part of the Park Ridge display.