Once again, the annual Sea of Light display at Gibsons Marina grows and glows, launching Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. as Mayor Silas White throws the switch to create a magical family experience and launch this annual fundraiser for the Salvation Army Food Bank. An annual harbourside focal point since 2015, the Coast’s tallest Christmas “tree” will provide beacon for local photographers. The Sea of Light display continues through until Jan. 6.
This year, visitors are invited to guess just how many bulbs in all it takes to fill a Sea of Light, make a donation to the Salvation Army (non-perishable food item, new unwrapped toy, or cash dropped in the “kettle” set up in the Marina office).
Salvation Army Ministry Director Darrell Pilgrim noticed a dramatic increase in need this year, particularly among seniors. The equally dramatic increase in cost of food has impacted the food bank as it strives to help community members. Donations of cash and non-perishables – particularly large easy-open cans of soup, canned fruit and vegetables and boxes of cereal – are particularly welcome.
Klaus Fuerniss launched the Sea of Light celebration shortly after acquiring Gibsons Marina in 2015. “Christmas is my favourite season – I love the lights! The more, the merrier!” Fuerniss added, “We are so thankful for the support of the local businesses who generously sponsor the 20 decorated trees lining the wharf. Those sponsorships add up to $5,000 which goes directly to the Gibsons Salvation Army’s Food Bank.”
Fuerniss noted, “Every year, we want to help shed a light on the fact that many families in our community are in dire need. So we hope as people come to enjoy our Sea of Light, they will also generously help others with a donation.”
Darrell Pilgrim added, “We really appreciate the ongoing support from the Sea of Light each year. It’s a great event and a great partnership.” He added a note of appreciation for the Marina staff.