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Blog Blog Light up a Life 2014 - THANK YOU!

The excitement that everyone at Acteon Networks feels as the Light up a Life season approaches each year is unexplainable. Selecting beneficiaries, working together to set up the lights, planning special events, seeing how many people come to the lights each night, visiting with Santa and Elsa, and being together during this time is electrifying.

This year, we felt more determined than ever. Our focus was on helping to better the lives of children in need. Our goal was to have more light displays, more visitors, and collect more donations than any year before.

We are thrilled to announce that we had a RECORD-BREAKING 2014 Light up a Life season! We can’t thank you enough for all of the support throughout the season. Donors, visitors, Facebook likers & Twitter followers, neighbors, friends, and family – you have all helped to make this Light up a Life season the most successful year yet.

With your help, Acteon Networks and Light up a Life collected a total of $17,192 to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters and The Villa. This included both public donations from over 28,000 visitors, and from three private donators. For the fourth year in a row, Greg & Carol Frankenfield donated $1000; for the second year, Mark Palardy donated $100; and John Luskin donated $100. THANK YOU!

We are already planning big things for Light up a Life 2015! We can’t wait to #spreadthecheer.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for making LUAL 2014 the most spectacular yet!

Both The Villa and Big Brothers Big Sisters are concentrated on changing kids’ lives for the better.

The Villa is a specialized residential program located in the heart of Ambler, PA for youth who have demonstrated a history of truancy, emotional trauma, family conflict and difficulties in the community.  Their program addresses the physical, cognitive, social, educational and emotional needs of youth so that they can return to their communities feeling more confident in themselves, their skills and their relationships.  All of the youth are placed with The Villa through the Family Court system. These youth have experienced such significant traumas and losses that the work of The Villa can be very challenging, but the successes are incredibly rewarding.

Currently, there are 60 youth ages 12-19 living at The Villa receiving educational, medical and mental health services. Many of the youth engage in a variety of extracurricular activities, such as sports, choir, drill and clubs, as well as participate in volunteer activities throughout the community and maintain part-time employment prior to being discharged.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County is a private, non-profit organization affiliated with the national organization of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, with over 50 years of experience serving children in Bucks County. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Children aged 6-16 are referred to BBBS for a variety of reasons, including being at-risk of academic failure, having low self-esteem, difficulty with peer or familial relationships, or having been a witness or victim of trauma. The children may be being raised in a single-parent household, have a family member who is incarcerated, or are dealing with the stresses associated with a family that is struggling financially. The program provides crucial academic, emotional, and social support for children who are in need of the individual time and attention.

Acteon Networks president Jack Yoast (far left) and technician/Light up a Life wizard Jay Rejniak (far right) present checks to Ursula Raczak of BBBS of Bucks County (center left) and Jamie Fenstermaker of The Villa (center right).

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