Beloit Chamber Hosting Light The Night Candlelight Celebration

Join the Light the Night candlelight celebration on December 20th at 6:00 pm. The Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce is launching this new event as part of their Jingle All the Way holiday festivities.

β€œFor anyone who has ever attended a Christmas Eve service, you remember the warmth and beauty of a room lit with individuals holding a candle and singing together. The Light the Night event will be recreating this atmosphere on a community-wide basis,” according to Julia Rabe, Executive Director of the Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber will be giving away candles for individuals to pick up for the Night the Light ceremony. At 6:00 pm on Sunday, December 20th, KD Country 94 will be broadcasting the Christmas carols and streaming live on our website. Just click on KD Country 94 Listen Live. The carols will also be broadcast on KVSV 105.5 FM, 1190 AM & 102.9 FM.

β€œWe are inviting everyone to step outdoors, light their candle and play the Christmas carols,” said Rabe. β€œWe hope the streets are lined with neighbors standing outside their houses with their candle. We will have a drone fly over the community to record the beauty of all the individual candles lighting up the night over our town.”

According to Venette Davis at H&R Block, the underwriter of the Jingle All Way event, β€œWe wanted to partner with the Chamber to find a way that we could bring the community together and create an event that highlights the spirit of our community.

People need something to feel good about right now. Gathering at our homes, singing Christmas carols in unison throughout the community, and lighting up the night is something we can all feel good about. We are looking forward to creating a Hallmark moment for our town.”

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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