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Christmas light enthusiast raises $2,000 for Make-A-Wish

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Christmas may be over, but the lights are still on in at least one Lexington neighborhood, and they're shining for a good cause.

Marcy Hite didn't know about her husband's secret obsession when she met him one year ago, but after this Christmas she's well aware.

"He always wants to go bigger and better," said Marcy.

Jerry is a Christmas light connoisseur. What started out as 5,000 lights was improved to 40,000 lights last year and more than 80,000 this year.

It takes Jerry all year since he manually programs songs that play along with the lights.

"He can listen to the same two second clip over and over again," said Marcy. "I'm always asking him to put on headphones so I don't have to hear that two second clip over and over again!"

Jerry does use headphones these days, and Marcy says she did have a good time helping out. After all, it's for a good cause. So far, the Hite's have raised nearly $2,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which is double last year's total.

A new Facebook page, and a display that just seems to keep growing are bringing in traffic. As you might have guessed, the light of Marcy's life will be lighting up the neighborhood again next year.

"He did tell me when we got married, 'If you marry me, this is what you're marrying into,'" Marcy said, laughing.

The lights get fired up at 5:30 p.m. from now until New Year's. It's at 200 Dupre Mill Road in Lexington.

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