Cedar City holiday light display for Make-A-Wish Utah breaks fundraising record

File photo: Holiday lights and decorations at the home of Ben Hohman and Marielle Boneau, 26 N. 1150 West, Cedar City, Utah, date not specified. | Photo courtesy of Ben Hohman, St. George News / Cedar City News

ST. GEORGE — A Cedar City residential holiday light display that annually raises funds for Make-A-Wish Utah broke its record this year despite the challenges of an unprecedented time. 

File photo: Ben Hohman’s holiday light display is set up to allow visitors to leave donations at the end of the walking display in Cedar City, Utah, on Nov. 29, 2020 | Photo by Megan Webber, St. George News.

Cedar City residents Ben Hohman and Marielle Boneau have brought their block to life every Christmas for the past 16 years with a walk-through holiday light display in their yard. At the end of the walk, visitors can leave cash donations for Make-A-Wish Utah, which go directly toward granting wishes for children across the state. This year, the display raised $4,542.24, Hohman told St. George News via email.

The display averages about $2,000 a year, Hohman said in December. This year, Hohman and Boneau were worried that the number would be lower than usual due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the community donated online and in-person in extremely generous ways, Hohman said. 

In its 16 years, the light display has raised a total of $24,635.46 for Make-A-Wish Utah. Hohman said that he and Boneau are already planning upgrades and new additions to the walk for Christmas 2021.

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