See the Lights
Meet the Holiday Home-Glower
As a draw to raise donations for the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research, Alek Komarnitsky claims to allow anyone on the Internet to "control" lights and inflatables within his display via three webcams and several "on" and "off" switches on his website (during the viewing hours noted above). Donations go to find treatments for Celiac Disease, a hereditary disorder (involving gluten intolerance) that affects his two sons.
Our interview with Alek Komarnitsky:
First, the two questions everyone asks: Approximately how many lights are in your display? And how long does it take you to put them up?
Anywhere between 5,000 to 25,000, tending toward the middle. Takes about a week or two to setup.
How many years having you been putting up your display? How did it become a tradition?
Been doing for a decade. Controllable Christmas Lights for Celiac Disease have been viewed (and controlled) by bazillions of Internet surfers over the years.
What's your favorite part of your display or what are you most proud of?
It's fun that people around the world can not only view the display, but turn it on and off. Also like the fact it has raised over $75,000 for Celiac Disease.
If you were to dedicate your display to anyone or thank anyone, who would it be?
Too all the people (especially the kids) who get a big smile on their face when they see it.
Do you support any charity with your display?
As mentioned, over $75,000 raised for the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research.