Dubuque's Reflections in the Park to Extend Season

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - Hillcrest Family Services in Dubuque is keeping its holiday light show, Reflections in the Park, open for another few days, almost a week longer than originally planned.

The holiday lights display in Murphy Park is normally open from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, but this year it will be open until this Sunday. A late Thanksgiving combined with a snowy December prompted directors to extend the season.

Jim Munson is the Homeless Outreach Coordinator for Hillcrest Family Services. He deals with people during their darkest days.

"I'm the one that's finding that family who's in the crisis and saying we need to find something to get them warm and to get them off the streets. Get them safe," Munson said.

The homeless outreach program is one of more than 30 programs funded by the proceeds of Reflections in the Park.

Last year, the event raised at little more than $112,000.

"We try each year to just beat the year before," Greg Birkett, Reflections in the Park Committee Member, said. "I think without the extra days, we may not have done that. "

Directors made the decision earlier this week after having to close the park due to snow.

"This really gives us a chance to extend the magic of the holidays through this next weekend," Kelly Schiesl, Committee Member, said.

It's with that spirit of magic year round, Munson said, that brings the light when it's most needed.

"It creates an opportunity of hope. Those lights bring an opportunity back to us. And to bring light to someone when they're feeling so dark," Munson said.

The cost to go through Reflections in the Park at Murphy Park in Dubuque is $8.

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