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Trail of Lights Foundation Launches Save Santasaurus Campaign and Fun Run Registration

**UPDATE**

Due to weather, this evening’s Blues on the Green event has been postponed. Thus, the Trail of Lights Foundation will now be present at the August 6 Blues on the Green event with musical performances from Charlie Mars & Quiet Company. On that evening, the Trail of Lights will offer the same photo opportunity with the triceratops from the Santasaurus display with a suggested $5 donation. You can also donate to the Save Santasaurus campaign online at http://supportthetrail.org/about-the-trail-of-lights through August 6.

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Today, the Trail of Lights Foundation announced its participation in KGSR’s Blues on the Green event on July 16 to launch its Save Santasaurus campaign, as well as early bird registration for the annual Trail of Lights Fun Run, presented by Humana.

A prehistoric Trail favorite, the Santasaurus is in need of repairs after enduring decades of weather, storage and transport. The Trail of Lights Foundation asks the community to donate to the Save Santasaurus campaign to support the restoration activities already underway as part of this year’s Adopt-a-Display Program, where individuals and businesses can sponsor specific exhibits.

“The Trail of Lights Foundation continues to raise private funds to support this cherished Austin event from all levels of the community,” said Mario Espinoza, board president of the Trail of Lights Foundation. “From the hundreds of volunteers who sign up every year to generous individual donations and corporate sponsors, the Austin community is really what makes this event possible. The Adopt-A-Display Program is yet another opportunity for members of the community to support the Trail and show their love for its memorable icons.”

The foundation hopes to raise $4,500 to repair the Santasaurus in time for this year’s Trail of Lights in December. During the July 16 Blues on the Green concert, the Trail of Lights Foundation will host a photo opportunity with the triceratops from the Santasaurus display with a suggested $5 donation. Trail of Lights blankets will also be available at the concert following a $25 donation. Each donor will be entered into a drawing for a free family four-pack of ZiP passes, awarding them early access to the Trail on a night of their choosing.

In addition to the Save Santasaurus campaign, July 16 marks the early bird registration for the Trail of Lights Fun Run, presented by Humana. A festive event for Austinites of all ages and levels of athleticism, the Fun Run gives participants a chance to put on their favorite holiday gear, get active and experience a sneak peek of the Trail on its 50th anniversary before the grand opening.

WHERE:

KGSR’s Blues on the Green

Zilker Park

2201 Barton Springs Rd.

Austin, Texas 78746

WHEN:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

8:00 p.m.

PRICING:

Photo opportunity with triceratops – suggested $5 donation

Trail of Lights blanket – $25 donation

July Early Bird Fun Run Registration – $20

Early Bird Fun Run Registration – $25

Normal Fun Run Registration – $30

Late Fun Run Registration – $35

Community members are encouraged to stop by the Trail of Lights booth at Zilker Park on July 16 to learn more about the Adopt-a-Display and Trim-a-Tree Programs, hosting a holiday part at the Trail and more. Further details on Trail of Lights sponsorship opportunities may be found online at www.SupportTheTrail.org.

About Trail of Lights Foundation

The Trail of Lights Foundation is an independent nonprofit corporation dedicated to producing the Austin Trail of Lights as an authentically Austin community celebration. The organization raises private funds to ensure the long-term sustainability of Austin’s largest community celebration. The 2012 Trail of Lights was named one of the Top 10 lighting festivals in the country by USA Today. To learn more visit www.AustinTrailofLights.org

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