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Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Walk through Fantasy in lights for March of Dimes

You are invited to celebrate the season with the Fantasy in Lights, a charitable walk through the nation's greatest outdoor lights display.

Organized by the March of Dimes and Callaway Gardens, the night walk will take place Sunday, Nov. 18, starting at the beach entrance of the Callaway Gardens.

A holiday tradition for many families, this walking adventure for all ages celebrates 10 years of providing the only chance to walk through the dazzling array of Christmas scenes. This seven-mile outdoor light show consists of more than three million lights forming many spectacular, larger-than-life lighted displays, including a giant toy soldier, glittering snowflakes, and a breathtaking holiday wreath.

Some scenes stretch longer than a quarter mile, each has its own sound system, and many include animation.

The honorary chairmen of the walk are Santa and Mrs. Claus, who invite you to join one of three walking groups and enjoy the beauty of the show and complimentary hot chocolate and cookies at the beach pavilion upon route completion. You can either choose to walk the entire seven-mile route or walk 5 miles and return on the bus.

Tickets are $12 per adult and $6 per child (6-12); you can also purchase night walk glow-in-the-dark sweatshirts and luminary dedication candles, as well as other prizes for tax-deductible donations. For information phone the March of Dimes in Columbus at (706) 660-0160 or in Lagrange at (706) 845-0708.

Proceeds benefit the March of Dimes saving babies together and the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation.

The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies. For information visit the March of Dimes Web site at, its Spanish Web site at or phone 1-888-MODIMES.

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