Donors’ generosity shines at Festival of Holiday Lights

Donors made more than 1,400 gifts during a special initiative to support students and participate in the beloved Elon tradition.

The treasured tradition of the annual Festival of Holiday Lights returned to Elon’s campus to Tuesday, Nov. 17.

For the seventh year, the event also included a special tribute to alumni, senior, faculty and staff donors, whose names were placed on the luminaries lining the walkway during the evening. In addition, parents and families had the opportunity to make a gift leading up to the Festival of Holiday Lights and have their current Elon students honored on a luminary. By giving back to the university, these donors have literally and figuratively lit the path for Elon students.

During this year’s luminary initiative, members of the Elon family collectively made over 1,400 gifts in support of the university. Their gifts supported a variety of areas on campus, including scholarships, academic schools and departments, student organizations, sports programs, and more. All gifts made also count toward the comprehensive Elon LEADS Campaign, which has a goal of $250 million that will provide support for four main priorities: scholarships for graduates the world needs, engaged learning, mentors who matter, and Elon’s iconic learning environment. This collective generosity gives way to a brighter future for us all.

“Having children opened our eyes to the positive benefits of supporting future generations of Elon,” said loyal donor Webb Bond ’08. “We take pride in helping Elon while they develop the graduates the world needs.”

Senior donor luminarias were once again placed around Fonville Fountain, with alumni and others dispersed throughout Historic Neighborhood, the heart of Elon’s campus.

Members of the Elon family will have their next special opportunity to support the university on Tuesday, Dec. 1, when the world celebrates Giving Tuesday. For questions, please contact

To learn more about the event, where programming took place across seven different stations to maintain the safety of attendees, click here.