A traditon tarnished: vandals strike Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights yet again


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT)- For years, Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights has benefitted Easterseals- an organization providing specialized care and services for thousands in the Tri-State. As people come through Evansville’s Garvin Park, organizers say they’ve become a target for a different crowd: vandals.

Easterseals officials say the annual light display has been vandalized three times in as many days. Andrew Carlisle, one of the many electricians who volunteered to help keep the Fantasy of Lights going, says it’s frustrating to see people try to destroy light displays that help raise money for those in need throughout the region.

Easterseals President Kelly Schneider says if the organization cant raise as much money as they need, it will impact the services they provide. Still, Schneider says they’re receiving “great support from the community,” but says replacing the bulbs has been tough since they’ve already used up their stock.

A neighbor who did not wish to be identified says she saw and heard one of the incidents. She says she saw a group of boys “messing with the displays” before hearing glass breaking. When she told them she’d call the police, she says they laughed at her.

She says the incident makes her mad and breaks her heart. She says she did call the police, but no suspects have been identified.

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