Dancing lights benefit local woman

By Michelle Costanza

November 29, 2013 Updated Nov 29, 2013 at 1:09 AM EDT

Sherburne, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A home in Sherburne is spreading the Christmas spirit through lights, music and charity.

More than 45,000 lights are strung at 11 Church St. across the house, yard and trees.

The show was put together by Rick Crowell, a resident of the town who has been decorating each year to help a child in need. The display is special in its contribution to charity awareness, but also in its appeal to the ears and eyes.

Tuning your radio to 107.7 provides passersby the soundtrack to the show.

The lights are programmed to five Christmas songs -- from modern and upbeat to the classic "Amazing Grace" -- twinkling, fading and dancing with the music.

With more than 160 hours of programming work alone, Crowell's annual project is nothing short of tedious.

"You have to program every fifth of a second for 128 channels down the board, all the way through the end of each song," explained Crowell.

Set up in the yard are eight control boxes with 16 channels per box, which each control 120 different sets of lights.

While most of the lights dance after sundown, some stay illuminated during the day. These mark the donation box for Megan Viera.

Viera, who is 19, suffered a traumatic brain injury from a car accident in August. She just began speaking again last week, and her aunt said her next goal is to walk again.

Crowell's show, named Lights for Tikes, will help raise money for Viera's hospital bills.

"She's getting stronger each day. We really thank all those who enjoy the lights and can donate," said Fay Kovack, Megan's aunt.

The first year of the lights included a little more than 4,000 bulbs, according to Crowell, but each holiday season, the interest grows, as does his budget.

"I've invested about $10,000 in it this year. But just to see the people's smiles, it's awesome. That's my payment," he said.

The show runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily through Dec. 29. Donations are welcome.

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