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Fantasy of Lights vandalized 3 nights in a row

Fantasy of Lights vandalized 3 nights in a row
Published: Dec. 3, 2021 at 12:19 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Officials with Easterseals say Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights was vandalized for the third night in a row.

They say installations were pushed down, hundreds of bulbs were stolen or crushed, and spotlights and other equipment were stolen.

“There’s no real permanent damage to any of the displays, but it’s causing a lot of work every night, particularly with our volunteer electricians,” Kelly Schneider, president and CEO of Easterseals Rehabilitation Center said.

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Schneider has worked with the Fantasy of Lights show for over 20 years.

The proceeds from the show go to Easterseals Rehabilitation Center to support over 5,000 local people with disabilities.

“Every dollar that we can’t raise limits us in being able to provide services,” Schneider said. “This is our second biggest fundraiser of the year.”

She says they have reached out to city officials to potentially increase security.

“We did reach out to Steve Shaefer in the mayor’s office, we are talking to them about getting some increased patrolling in here,” Schneider said. “We’re looking at hiring a private security firm to come out during the night.”

Volunteers have been able to repair the damage thus far.

Schneider said beyond the monetary loss, she wants the show to look as good as possible for the community.

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