Monday, December 19, 2011

Southwood, FL Family Wins National Contest for Their Christmas Light Display

The home of Derek and Courtney Whitis in SouthWood, which has been drawing spectators to its colorful and musical light display for weeks, has won the Good Morning America Big Bright Holiday Lights showdown contest. The visual display is accompanied by a four-minute soundtrack that plays a portion of the song for each branch of the military.

While the display will likely send the Whitis family’s electric bill sky high, Courtney Whitis says that the cost of the display is “nothing in comparison to what the troops do every day for our freedom.” She goes on to say, “We did this just to pay tribute to those who have served, are serving and will serve in the military protecting our freedom.”

Here is the winning home, I love it:

It is SO moving and a wonderful tribute to our troops. The Whitises seek to raise awareness and money for the Semper Fi Fund, which provides assistance for wounded soldiers in their recovery process. Those who would like to donate can visit

Let us continue to pray and support our troops and their families not only this time of the year, but all year long as they fight and sacrifice for our freedoms.

Merry Christmas to you all.

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Lucy said...

I saw that they won, how cool and what a lot of work,time and imagination! A lovely tribute to our troops and they need the morale boost at this time of year, I am sure!

Michelle aka Naila Moon said...

Oh yes I saw this on FB. Fantastic!
~Naila Moon

Jenine said...

That must have taken them months to put up and coordinate!

Adaptable Kay said...

What a great tribute to all the troops serving! Just goes to show nothing is too little when it comes to raising awareness :)

Liz Mays said...

That is truly phenomenal!

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