Mount Vernon News
Mount Vernon News
January 2, 2013 9:27 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — The public is invited to enjoy the Light Up the ‘Hood Night on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. in the Mount Vernon south-end neighborhood that includes Club, Westwood, and Southridge Drives and Millstone Lane. Located just off of Ohio 13 south, property owners will host a drive-through lighting experience as individual homes compete by creating luminary displays.


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This event began last year through the Neighborhood Watch program and was organized by Marla Dague and Leslie Franz. Each year, the organizers encourage visitors to make donations to a local charity. Last year, the proceeds were given to Knox County Veterans, and this year donations of food and money will benefit the Food For The Hungry Drive.

“Our hopes were to unify us as neighbors in a positive approach and to bring in the New Year on a good note and give back to the community as a whole,” shared Leslie Franz, event organizer. “The Light Up the Hood Night” is based on people coming together for a cause, and it should start with our family, friends, and community, in hopes of doing something good.”

The best display contest winner will receive a traveling trophy. Come drive through the neighborhood, stop to drop off a donation, buy a cup of hot chocolate, and enjoy with your family and friends while reflecting on the Food For The Hungry motto: “Working together to care for our neighbors.”

For more information please call Leslie Franz at 740-397-1290. To learn more about Food For The Hungry log on to

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