Locals gather to light up Paso’s Downtown City Park in honor of those affected by cancer

PASO ROBLES — When Mrs. Claus flips the switch on Friday, Nov. 25, more than 35,000 lights will be turned on at the annual Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony. This year marks the 11th annual Paso’s Lights of Hope, a special fundraising event benefiting Cancer Support Community — California Central Coast. These lights will turn on and shine nightly through Feb. 19, 2023.

“The downtown tree lighting ceremony is one of our favorite traditions each year, and Cancer Support Community is proud to help light the winter season shining light on our mission, ‘so that no one faces cancer alone,’” said Lights of Hope Committee Chair Elena Clark. “Our hope is that the lights bring joy to the community, while honoring cancer patients, survivors, and those we have lost.”

Seventeen trees will be lit this year, and sponsorships are available, according to Clark. Last year’s tree sponsors included Clark and Lacey, Niner Wine Estates, Thom Schulz in honor of Laura Coats, Radiology Associates, Humanity Wine Project, Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, and a tree sponsored in honor and remembrance of Dr. Berry Foran.


“Lights of Hope is our way of helping to beautify the City Park for the holidays while also raising funds and awareness for our programs in a unique and special way,” said Clark. “We invite businesses and individuals to honor loved ones by sponsoring a bulb, a branch, or an entire tree. Support for this event enables us to continue to provide free social and emotional support services for local families touched by cancer.”

Paso’s Lights of Hope is a joint venture with the City of Paso Robles and the Paso Robles Downtown Main Street Association. To sponsor a bulb, a branch, or tree and help shine the light on CSC’s mission: “so that no one faces cancer alone,” go to cscslo.org/Support-Our-Work/Lights-of-Hope, call (805) 238-4411, or email events@cscslo.org.

About Cancer Support Community — CA Central Coast

The mission of Cancer Support Community-California Central Coast is to help those affected by cancer and their loved ones enhance their health and well-being. With a motto of “So that no one faces cancer alone,” CSC provides a professional program of social and emotional support, as well as education in order for participants to learn vital skills that will enable them regain control, reduce isolation, and restore hope, regardless of the stage of disease. Fundraisers, private donations, and sponsors enable CSC-CCC to continue its work with the local community.