Lighting of the Lawn unites 15,000 people for annual illumination
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Roughly 15,000 filled the Grounds by the Rotunda at the 22nd annual Lighting of the Lawn.
The yearly tradition started back in 2001 as a way to bring the community together after the tragic attacks on Sept. 11. Now, the tradition lives on with its mission to be an outlet for the community to be with one another.
“It’s since taken on a life of its own. It has gotten exponentially bigger, but at its core, it serves to unite the community and just bring everyone together for a night of joy and fun,” fourth-year co-chair Riley Lorgus said.
The student council committees began the planning for the illumination event in the spring and raised more than $80,000 to fund this year’s “Dis-Glow” event.
“So we tried to do something a little different because we ran out of light puns to use this year. But we wanted to come up with a theme that people can actually dress up to and interact with the actual event a little more,” fourth-year co-chair Frances Carraway said.
One aspect of the show that hasn't changed this year is the illuminated 1, 15, and 41 on the right side of the Rotunda in honor of the three football players killed in a tragic shooting last year.
The co-chairs say that one of the main projects the committee encountered this year was the replacement of about 11,000 lights to put on the lighting spectacular.