MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT – Celebrating Our 10th Year!

Making Spirits Bright and County Rotarians

Express Thanks for a Record Ninth Year

In a year of isolation, cancellations, and health concerns due to a pandemic, Making Spirits Bright, the annual holiday lights show in Evergreen Park proved to be a means for entertainment that was safe and could evoke joy in the hearts of so many.

One of the main objectives of the event has been to collect desired items for Sheboygan County Food Bank. This year needs were at an all time high due to the effects of Covid-19 so a challenging collection goal of 150,000 pounds was set – a 50% increase from 2019. We are so happy to report that we exceeded that goal gathering 157,140 pounds.

Making Spirits Bright

Thank you seems inadequate to those who made it possible to provide the event in 2020. Special thanks to our generous sponsors, the Grover Family Foundation and Brenda Potter at the $10,000 level who continue to be our Premier supporters. Additionally, at the $5000 tier, we recognize Frank G. & Frieda K. Brotz Family Foundation, Masters Gallery Foods, Rockline Industries, Festival Foods, Curt G Joa, Meijer, Johnsonville, Kohler and Wayne and Pat Sather. Over 40 other businesses and individuals contributed to this support.

Appreciation is extended to hundreds of volunteers who willingly manned various posts in the park each night which include our park captains, volunteer trailer hosts, cash counters, truck drivers, and park attendants.

Making Spirits Bright could not be possible without the dedication and passion provided by our various steering committees, barely taking two weeks off each year to begin the planning process anew. Their expertise, selfless hours, and ongoing excitement make the lights show one of the best in the state drawing attention from many out of the area visitors. We can’t be prouder or more appreciative of their efforts.

And thank you to the visitors who were so generous with pantry items and cash contributions, making this the best in our nine- year history

Anyone interested in becoming involved, please contact us through our website

Gerry Plehn

Making Spirits Bright

Steering Committee Chair

Welcome To

Making Spirits Bright 2020 in Sheboygan

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Thanks to YOU, we reached our Goal.

29,620 cars went through the park.

Food Items Raised

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The Results

10 - Mega Tree

10 - Nakatomi Plaza HVAC

9 - Nativity

7 - Leg Lamp

6 - Mr. Narwhal

6 - North Pole Post Office

6 - Twinkle Stars

6 - Whoville

5 - Festive Trees


Although Quarryview Center will be closed because of COVID-19, Father Christmas will be reading Christmas stories during our event.  Children can also mail their letters to Santa in the park this year in the red mailbox by the Post Office display.



Community Impact

Across the county, from Sheboygan to Random Lake to Plymouth and Sheboygan Falls, the food pantries, staffed by volunteers and operated by organizations such as Sheboygan County Food Bank and numerous churches, are vital to helping feed our families in need.

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We need your help in 2020! There are many ways that individuals and companies can help Making Spirits Bright create another memorable and giving holiday season. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Making Spirits Bright continues to grow thanks to our generous sponsors. We are still looking for companies in Sheboygan County who would like to sponsor a holiday program that gives back. We have collected over 200,000 lbs. of pantry items for the Sheboygan County food pantries since 2012.

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