AEP foundation lights up the Winter Festival of Lights

From left, Joelle Connors, AEP external affairs manager; Steve Hilliard, Wheeling Park Commission president and CEO; Eriks Janelsins, president and CEO of Oglebay Foundation, pose during a check presentation.

From left, Joelle Connors, AEP external affairs manager; Steve Hilliard, Wheeling Park Commission president and CEO; Eriks Janelsins, president and CEO of Oglebay Foundation, pose during a check presentation.

WHEELING — More than 300 acres of Oglebay’s picturesque landscape has come alive with twinkling light displays as the Winter Festival of Lights begins its 32nd season.

This year, AEP Foundation teamed up with Oglebay to support this time-honored tradition through a financial gift of $25,000.

“Through the generous support of AEP Foundation, we’ve welcomed the new 24-foot-tall Kaleidoscope Christmas Tree display to the show. A central feature at Christmas at Crispin, this 1,800-light display depicts animated snowflakes and dancing gingerbread men,” said Steve Hilliard, Wheeling Park Commission president and CEO.

Eriks Janelsins, president and CEO of Oglebay Foundation, explained that the Kaleidoscope Christmas Tree display brings a new element of interactivity to the show. Located directly outside the Crispin Center, children can get a closer look at the display by taking a ride on the holiday train that circles the Kaleidoscope Christmas Tree.

“AEP Foundation is committed to supporting the communities in which we serve. We’ve partnered with Oglebay this holiday season due to the generational sustainability of the Winter Festival of Lights, and we’re proud to be a part of this long-standing tradition,” said Joelle Connors, AEP external affairs manager.

Recognized as one of the nation’s largest light shows, the Winter Festival of Lights will be open to the public through Jan. 1.

For more information about the Winter Festival of Lights, visit www.oglebay.com.

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