Thanksgiving bounty includes holiday lights for square

Expert Electric and KCP&L boom trucks have been a presence around Richmond’s courthouse square the past 10 days as crews install cool white LCD Christmas lights. The project is ahead of schedule for a Nov. 29 lighting ceremony, parade and Christmas Extravaganza. Ray Gill, a major donor, will flip the switch to illuminate the square. (Photos by David Knopf/Richmond News)

By David Knopf/Richmond News

Richmond can add having its square lit by Christmas lights as things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Expert Electric crews worked almost non-stop last week to install the lights and protective tracks, and were expected to be done today. Kansas City Power & Light, also on hand make electrical connections last week, will then power up the lights to make sure they work as planned.

Barring the unforeseen, it would mean the square would be lit with white LED lights in time for Thanksgiving – and well ahead of the Nov. 29 lighting ceremony, Christmas Extravaganza and parade.

Ray and Lucille Gill, main benefactors of the project, will be honored with flipping the switch before the parade.

The Gills donated $3,500 to jump-start the fundraising drive for Christmas lights, a festive touch the square hasn’t had for several years. Individuals, businesses and organizations raised an additional $5,100 to reach the goal set by the Richmond Downtown Development Committee.

On Oct. 9, 50 people turned out for “Cocktails for a Cause,” a Christmas lights fundraiser with live music. More than $300 was raised that night through tips and a percentage of drink sales.

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