DARIEN — The Darien Athletic Foundation (DAF) has hit its fundraising target, enabling lights to be erected alongside the Darien High School football field this summer.

Fundraising began fall 2016 under the moniker, “Darien Lights Brigade,” with a goal of reaching $750,000 by May 1. The goal was hit thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Darien Foundation and was announced in a May 2 press release. More than 750 individual donors stepped forward to make contributions, according to the release.

“The Darien Foundation had the vision to become DAF’s lead donor in 2013 when DAF was only six months old. Now, The Darien Foundation’s generosity is enabling the long-awaited Darien High School Stadium lights to become a reality.” Pam Dysenchuk, Executive Director of The Darien Foundation said.

The effort to bring lights to DHS was twice shot down, first in 1994 and again in 2006. Shortly after the formation of the DAF in 2012, the idea was again began picking up momentum. Despite initial opposition from direct neighbors, an agreement was reached between the Board of Education and abutting homeowners and the capital campaign began.

Construction is expected to begin in June.

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