Raytown raises money for big holiday lighting project

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RAYTOWN, Mo. -- Big changes are happening in Raytown.

Next time you head downtown, you will notice new sidewalks, parking spaces and revitalized storefronts. Raytown received a grant for $1.2 million dollars to transform the downtown area.

With the streetscape nearing completion, city leaders hope to attract more visitors for the holidays.

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On Saturday, the community gathered for the "Let Our Light Shine" fundraising auction, with the hope to raise $20,000 dollars for new holiday lighting.

Steve Guenther, the President of Raytown Main Street Association on Downtown Businesses, said the revitalization will help bring more of the community together.

"When you look at life itself, it is what you leave behind which really creates your eternal legacy. What we are hoping to do is someday our kids, who are raised here, will stay here and they will have their kids raised here. We are just constantly building family back into the community," said Guenther.

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Sue Frank helped organize Saturday's auction.

"I basically grew up on this block. I am a second-generation business owner and my father bought the office building back in the early 60s," said Frank.

The holiday lighting ceremony will take place the first Friday of December.

Organizers plan to hold a second auction in August. To find out more, or to donate, go to the project's GoFundMe page.

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