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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (November 4, 2011) – Fireworks and a children’s Santa Claus visit will once again highlight the Equitable Gas Festival of Lights presented by La Roche College and the Sisters of Divine Providence on Friday, December 2, 2011. La Roche College will host the annual Festival of Lights, a popular holiday tradition in McCandless Township, on the adjoining campuses of the College and The Sisters of Divine Providence from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

This special holiday tradition attracts families from the north hills and surrounding communities. The Festival begins with a craft show at 3 p.m. and continues until 8:30 p.m. with children’s activities, a visit from Santa, various musical performances, food, and holiday lights and sparkle galore. The evening will culminate with a brilliant fireworks display at 8:45 p.m. A complete schedule of activities can be found by visiting

North Hills Community Outreach (NHCO) will display the car for its “Too Big for the Stocking” giveaway to be awarded to a family in need on KDKA-TV on Christmas Eve. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to make a difference for senior citizens and low-income families this holiday season, too, by bringing non-perishable food items to donate or by making a monetary contribution to NHCO through “Cocoa for Cans.” Individuals who donate at “Cocoa for Cans” on campus will receive complimentary cocoa and the gratification of knowing they are helping those in need.

This is the second year Equitable Gas has generously sponsored this classic and much-loved Pittsburgh-area event. “Equitable Gas is proud to sponsor this long-standing family-friendly North Hills community tradition again this year,” said Bill Lucas, Executive Vice President of Equitable Gas.

Additional sponsors include: Best Feeds Garden Centers, Fragasso Financial Advisors, Print Tech of Western Pennsylvania and Trib Total Media.

For more information about The Equitable Gas Festival of Lights, contact Colleen Ruefle, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students at La Roche College at 412-536-1069 or; or contact Scott Waitlevertch, Equitable Gas, at 412-395-2314 or

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About La Roche College: A private, Catholic, co-educational college north of Pittsburgh founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche welcomes students of all religions, ethnic origins and talents. Undergraduates may choose from more than 50 majors, including the top 10 majors most in demand among today’s college students. La Roche combines a quality educational experience with clubs, athletics, social and community volunteer activities, spiritual well being and more to prepare students for life in a constantly changing global society.

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