Ron Robin, owner of Bob’s Complete Landscape and Maintenance, heard this week the Melbourne light parade was being canceled this year after three decades due to lack of funding.

What You Need To Know

  • The Melbourne light parade experienced rising costs associated with inflation, threatening to end the parade this year

  • Local business owner Ron Robin stepped in with a donation

  • The parade will run December 9

The nonprofit was $10,000 short, and the December 1 deadline was fast approaching.

Rising prices associated with inflation led to increased in the cost to put on the parade.

“My kids love it. It’s a longstanding tradition. It was definitely something that needed to be done and continue,” Roben said.

He got in touch with parade organizer Karen Harshaw and donated money to keep the holiday tradition going.

“That’s something you’d expect from a big corporation, not a small owned business. It’s amazing the heart that he has to give us this donation,” Harshaw said.

The parade, which is filled with floats and big trucks, will head down Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Melbourne on Saturday, December 9 at 6:00 p.m.

The group will collect food and toys for the area’s less fortunate.