Bethany to Brighten the Holidays with Annual Celebration

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College will light hold its third annual Light Up Night and Charity Christmas Tree Auction Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Commencement Hall. The evening begins with the official lighting of the tree, and includes a charity tree auction, a choir performance and a variety of holiday presentations.

The trees that are up for auction will be decorated in various holiday themes, and all proceeds will go to Bernie’s Kids. The charity, which is named in honor of the late Brooke County sheriff and commissioner Bernie Kazienko, provides Christmas presents for needy children in the county.

Children in attendance can write a letter to Santa, and can also get their picture taken with him.

The Bethany College Choir will perform holiday songs, and educational presentations will be held on some of the major holidays including Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

The event is open to the public. Gerald Stebbins, Dean of Students, can be contacted for more information by phone at 304-829-7631 or by email at

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.