North Huntingdon family's display will help make dreams come true
By Michael DiVittorio
Published: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, 5:16 a.m.
A North Huntingdon Township family is collecting donations for a White Oak charity through a Christmas light spectacular.
For the sixth year, Tim Harff has a musical Christmas display at his home at 1907 Bernice Drive in the Markvue Manor neighborhood.
For the third year, the donations he collects for his 20,000-dancing-light display will go to Jamie's Dream Team, a nonprofit charity that makes dreams come true for the sick and injured.
A large mailbox sits outside Harff home monetary to collect contributions from visitors and passersby.
“It's an amazing thing because they're an absolutely wonderful family,” Dream Team founder Jamie Holmes said. “It generates donations and money to make more dreams come true.”
Harff learned about the organization when Holmes helped his friend, Brandon Lewis. Lewis died from leukemia on Jan. 21, 2009. He was 21.
Harff is dedicating this year's fundraiser to him.
Last year, the Harffs raised $3,000 for the Dream Team.
The lights dance to an 18-song program comprised mostly of Trans Siberian Orchestra music, including new songs “What is Christmas,” “The Mountain,” and “Reflections on Earth.”
The display features leaping arches, a 20-foot tree covered in lights, Santa, animal decorations and a new pyrotechnic feature.
“I think it's an absolute amazing display,” Holmes said. “They put a lot of hard work and time and effort into it, and it turns out even more beautiful every year.”
Harff said he spends about two weeks installing the display, and 40 hours programming the songs.
Lights are on Sundays through Thursdays from 5:30-10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30-midnight through Jan. 1. They will stay on Christmas Eve until 1 a.m.
More information about Jamie's Dream Team is available at www.jamiesdreamteam.myfastsite.net. Monetary donations to Jamie's Dream Team can be sent to 2023 Cypress Drive, White Oak, 15131.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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