8th annual Lights 4 Lives

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THE L4L Team

Lights 4 Lives, sponsored by the Stratham Volunteer Fire Department Association (SVFDA), is an annual fundraiser that supports a local charity or family in need in Stratham, NH. 


Geri Denton, Co-Founder
Marketing, PR, Web Design
Jeff Denton, Co-Founder
SVFDA Liaison
Suzie Nutbrown
Community Liaison Director
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Nicky Denton
Co-Founder, Scout Liaison
Jess Jamieson
Business Liaison Director
Tyler Denton
Volunteer, Scout Ambassador
Les Barker
Charllie Nutbrown
Social Media Marketing
Maggie Nutbrown
Social Media Marketing
Michaela Thibault
Social Media Marketing


The Lights 4 Lives project was started 7 years ago by Stratham Troop 185 Boy Scout Nicky Denton. Nicky was brainstorming ideas with his dad for a community service project to fulfill the Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge. They were driving around the town at Christmas time and Nicky thought of having a contest where residents could enter their decorated home into a contest for best lit home in exchange for a charitable donation. Nicky's dad, Lt. Jeff Denton of the Stratham Volunteer Fire Department Assocation (SVFDA), asked for the Association's support and from this was born Lights 4 Lives. 


Nicky and Captain Tim Slager 2013

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The first year began with a zero budget and only three weeks to complete the project. There was also the challenge of finding a charity with whom to partner. Nicky, together with his family, chose Seacoast Family Promise (SFP), a local volunteer organization that provides a safe place for families to turn for immediate food, shelter, and social services. SFP was extremely grateful for the support and worked with Lights 4  Lives to promote the project. In this short amount of time, L4L manged to create and print flyers. They also enlisted the help and support of the Town Recreation Department, the Wiggin Memorial Library, the Stratham Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, the elementary school and Troop 185. Although the turnout was small, they were extremely proud and grateful for the money they raised for SFP that first year. 
Lights 4 Lives has slowly grown each year and the hope is that the project will continue to gain recognition and become a Stratham community tradition. Lights 4 Lives is so grateful for the support they receive from friends and businesses in the Stratham community and beyond.
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Home Lighting Contest
Participants who donate are entered into a contest for the best decorated holiday home in Stratham. The  Grand Prize winner wins 4 round trip airline tickets. (Stratham residents only).

Grand Drawings 

Participants who donate may also choose to not enter the lighting contest but instead be entered into a contest to win one of the Grand Drawings. This option is open to the public and participants may purchase as many tickets as they wish.  

Register to enter the contest

Register online for the home lighting contest. Judging by the SVFDA is based on the home with the most lights/decorations, the best theme, and the best showing of neighborhood and community support.

Open House

Lights 4 Lives and the SVFDA hosts an annaul Open House in mid-December at the Stratham Fire Station to announce the winners of the lighting contest and the winners of the Grand Drawings. There are also many additional raffle tickets for purchase for amazing prizes donated by local businesses.   The public is invited to join us for this family friendly event - with food, drink and a visit from Santa!

Note that we won't be holding an Open House or Lighting Contest in 2020.