The Holiday Lights of Hope began from an idea from the several board members. As a fundraising board, the members were looking an event to support the center in a family friendly way. It opened in 2012 on a small scale with just two fields at Hobgood Park. The Holiday Lights of Hope has grown to include all four fields at the park as well as additional areas.
All proceeds from the event benefit Anna Crawford Children’s Center in Woodstock, a non-profit that provides intervention and treatment services to children and families impacted by child sexual, physical and emotional abuse. The Anna Crawford Children’s Center assists over 500 families each year. The center also offers an ever-expanding array of preventative services aimed at the eradication of child abuse. The center non provides statewide education for those who are responsible for the evaluation and treatment of child abuse investigations. The center has been in operation since 1990.