2009-11-27 / Community

'Little North Pole' Lights Up 12/5

The Muré family of Neponsit will light their annual 'Little North Pole' on Saturday, December 5, as they turn on the lights at 144-03 Neponsit Avenue at 6 p.m. sharp.

Every December Joe and Maritza Muré transform their home into "The Little North Pole," a magical winterwonderland.

What initially began as an event that was attended by approximately 200 people quickly became a community celebration that draws thousands of people. The array of countless lights is accompanied by gigantic toy soldiers, dancing lawn figures, live entertainment, music, food, celebrities and toys for every child. Santa Claus with Mrs. Claus, have been known to arrive on an extended fire engine ladder.

The event is a fundraiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Founda - tion and The Children's Diabetes Center at Peninsula Hospital, who have received more than $100,000 annually, from donations given by the thousands of people who attend the holiday spectacular.

Joe and Maritza Muré strive to ease the pain of children who suffer from Juvenile Diabe tes. Each year they open their home and their hearts to children of all ages and share with them a memory that will last a lifetime.

This year a brand new Ford Mus - tang convertible will be raffled off to benefit the foundation.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Irish Circle. After the Little North Pole is lit, the Muré family will be hosting a Christmas party for Special Olympic children on Monday night December 7, followed by hosting a holiday event for 15 different autistic schools on December 8. Finally, on December 9, they will host a holiday party for children from a church group in Far Rockaway.

This year the Christmas parties and Little North Pole are in honor of Donald Hart, who was the man behind the scenes with a language of his own. The Muré family says he will truly be missed, and his work and dedication to the Little North Pole will continue to shine in the children's smiles, in our hearts and the holiday display.

In addition, this year they will be starting a 'letter to Santa make a wish mailbox' in hopes of fulfilling the wishes of many unfortunate children.

The Little North Pole committee will team up with the Rockaway Jetty in looking to help some children in need.

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