Thousands support food center during Olde Mistick Village’s “Festival of Lights”

MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH) — Thousands came out to support the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center in New London at Olde Mystick Village’s “Festival of Lights.”

Volunteers at the event last Friday, which featured thousands of lights around the 23-acre property, collected non-perishable food items for the food center from 7,259 guests. Visitors could take pictures with Santa, get their faces painted, and enjoy other festivities.

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Officials say Mystic Aquarium delivered 9,168 pounds of non-perishable food from the event.

“Thanks to the generosity of our guests on Friday night, the donation was equal to the weight of four and a half beluga whales,” said Ainslie Seeber, Event and Partnership Manager at Mystic Aquarium. “That is by far a new record for us. We are so grateful and very excited.”

An additional $517 was collected in monetary donations in support of the local food center.

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