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Sacred Heart Celebrates Tree Lighting with Community

Festive event held to continue holiday tradition on the future home of West Campus

Local kids helped to push the button that lit the tree on West Campus.

Approximately 200 people, including members of the Sacred Heart University community and families and friends from the local neighborhood, gathered for a tree lighting December 7 on the grounds of the former GE global headquarters in Fairfield. This was the first public event at the site since the University announced that it would take possession of the property on December 16.

“One of the first things we heard when news broke of the purchase—especially on social media—was that folks hoped we would continue the tradition of the tree,” said SHU President John J. Petillo. “We did exactly that—in SHU style, of course.” The tree is decorated with more than 30,000 red and white lights. Attendees joined the SHU choirs, Santa Claus and the school’s mascot Big Red in singing Christmas songs while enjoying the complimentary hot chocolate and Christmas cookies.

“This is fabulous. There has never been an event like this on this side of town. I hope it becomes an annual tradition,” said one attendee.

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