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Light Up The Ville


Light Up The Ville!

Light Up the Ville!  Be a part of it!  Contribute towards a $50,000 goal to light up Downtown Bartesville.   1000 supporters + $50 each = Our Vision of Lighting up the Ville!

It all started when Jim Bohnsack called to say he would donate seed money to purchase a lighted "Christmas train" to hang across Frank Phillips Boulevard. He reminisced about that train as part of his childhood memories - as well as Santa and his sleigh and all the other Christmas decorations downtown which brightened his holidays many years ago as a kid.  And now, he said, all Bartlesville puts up are some wreaths on the light poles.

Main Street Bartlesville decided to try to raise funds to bring Jim Bohnsack's vision to life.  Why should Pawhuska, and Guthrie, and Dewey, have lights brightening up their downtown streets during Christmas - and not Bartlesville?  And so the "Light up the Ville" Campaign was born!

To string lights down Frank Phillips Blvd, from Keeler to Cherokee Avenue, will cost $50,000.  Can we do it?  It's up to you. If 1,000 people give $50 each, we can brighten up downtown and bring light to children's holidays. Your contribution to Main Street Bartlesville's "Light Up The Ville" campaign is tax deductible and will go only towards this cause. We will continue to raise money until the entire street is lighted.  And once that is raised, who knows... maybe we will have enough to put in Jim's Christmas Train.

But that's not all!  These lights can change colors to suit every community occasion!  Imagine lights of blue and white celebrating the Bruins' hometown games.  Or shining bright red for Valentine's Day, reminding everyone to pick up that bouquet of flowers or box of candy for their sweethearts.  And of course, red, white and blue for all our patriotic holidays - Memorial Day, 4th of July, Veterans Day..  

Have questions or need more information?  Call us at (918) 214-8500 or email us at

Payment Options

Pay by Check

Please make checks payable to:
Bartlesville Community Foundation, with "Light Up The Ville" in the memo line

And mail to:
312 S Johnstone Ave, Ste 200, Bartlesville, OK 74003

Donate Online

To donate online, fill out the donation form below. When you click submit, it will take you to the Bartlesville Community Foundation's website, where you will be able to pay for your donation. Thank you for helping us Light Up The Ville!

Note: When filling out your payment information on BCF's website, please type "Light Up The Ville" in the "Will your employer match" field. This way, your donation will be set aside specifically for the Light Up The Ville campaign. Thank you!

Our goal: $50,000

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Christmas in Downtown Bartlesville

Christmas in Downtown Bartlesville, in years past

Christmas in Downtown Guthrie

Christmas in Downtown Guthrie

Christmas in Downtown Pawhuska

Christmas in Downtown Pawhuska