Adelphi holds annual tree lighting for a special cause

It’s happy holidays at Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn!

On Thursday, December 15 at 6:30 p.m., the school, 8515 Ridge Boulevard, held its annual holiday tree lighting. Members of the school community and friends of the Academy are welcome to attend this free event for holiday songs, hot cocoa and holiday cookies as well as exclusive ornaments.

“We are very proud of how the tree lighting went,” said Marc Hibsher, director of external relations and community affairs for Adelphi. “We had tremendous attendance on one of the coldest nights of the year and it shows the support of our friends and family in community. We were very fortunate for the people who were able to sponsor a tree for a reason that was meaningful to them.”

The money raised will go to Project Succeed, a program for college-bound students with special needs. “It helps students that have difficulty in a variety of areas, such as information processing, organizational skills and stress management,” Hibsher said. “We at Adelphi want to give well-rounded opportunities for each student. This allows us to provide the help that they need. We are grateful to the sponsors of trees and how that helps Project Succeed.”

“We are tremendously grateful to all the families and guests who braved frigid temperatures to enjoy Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting,” said Head of School Iphigenia Romanos. “The holiday spirit was strong both inside the Academy, where families enjoyed a performance by the Upper School Student Chorus along with hot cocoa and cookies, and outside on the Academy’s historic grounds, where everyone counted down together in anticipation of the big moment, when more than 125 trees were lit for all of Bay Ridge to see!”

The trees will be on display, said Hibsher, through January 9, along 86th and Ridge Boulevard, and will be “visible at day and night.”

Each tree includes 300 lights a laminated card that allows purchasers to dedicate the tree in memory of a loved one or in honor of any other special someone.

Before the lighting, holiday caroling was performed by Adelphi students to help spread the Christmas spirit.


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