VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Yes, it's February, but Noah Bilger is thinking of Christmas lights. It's all tied to Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Bilger is a previous News 3 People Taking Action award winner for being the creative and driving force behind a massive holiday display at his home and some nearby homes in his Virginia Beach neighborhood on Mansion Cross Lane. He uses this spectacular, synchronized musical production to spread holiday cheer and raise money for St. Jude.
When he started this project he was a Virginia Beach high school student. Now he attends George Mason University.
Bilger says he believes it's time, in his words, to "grow the show," and explained why he's holding a fundraiser now during the month of February.
"It's a very odd time, so for the last five years we've done a fundraiser during the Christmas lights for Saint Jude and we've had a lot of success in that, so over the last five years we've raised over $8,900, almost $9,000, for St. Jude. And this was a way where we can raise money to help grow the show while not taking away any donations that would otherwise go to St. Jude."
His plan is to hold a separate fundraiser this month to pay for all the upgrades.
The display currently involves six houses and 75,000 lights. Bilger wants to add more houses and more lights, and transition to LED lights to make the display bigger, brighter and better for people to drive by and enjoy in December.