The historic section of Bellevue will be decorated with lights during the Christmas season if a new project of the Bellevue Community Foundation is successful.

The foundation has created a dedicated fund titled, “Light Up Bellevue.”

The program is being led by a group of residents that includes Joanna Hike, wife of Bellevue Mayor Rusty Hike.

Organizers of Light Up Bellevue say Bellevue has fallen behind the standards of neighboring communities when lighting up the city in honor of Christmas and other holidays.

“It is apparent that Bellevue is lacking when it comes to lights and beautification,” Joanna Hike posted on Facebook while promoting the new campaign.

“It is a source of community pride in other communities that Bellevue is missing out on.”

The lighting would start at the Bellevue Public Schools’ Lied Activity Center and then progress east along Highway 370 and Mission Avenue, ending in Washington Park, where a holiday light show will be set to music.

Hike said the project will depend on contributions from individuals, businesses and foundations and contributions made at

Five categories of sponsorship have been created. They are:

• Purple Sponsor $1,000

• Red/White/Blue Sponsor $500

• Orange Sponsor $250

• Green Sponsor $100

• Yellow Sponsor $50

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