Downtown Marriott To Be Transformed Into World’s Largest Game Of Pong

Kansas City, MO – Welcome in the holiday season in downtown Kansas City at the 10th anniversary celebration of City Lights!

City Lights, the annual downtown holiday lighting ceremony, will take place Friday, November 16 at 6 p.m. at Barney Allis Plaza, 12th and Wyandotte. The Christmas lighting display encompasses Barney Allis Plaza and several nearby buildings including the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, which features spectacular computer-generated holiday images across its 22-story façade.

This year, the side of the Marriott Downtown will also be transformed into the world’s largest playable game of Pong®, with the south side of the Marriott serving as a giant video screen!  One of the world’s first video games to reach mainstream popularity, Atari’s Pong is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year on November 29.

City Lights, sponsored by the Kansas City Marriott Downtown, the Downtown Council, Fox 4 and The Salvation Army, will also feature entertainment by the Raymore-Peculiar High School marching band. Santa Claus will also make a special appearance! Complimentary refreshments, including Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and coffee provided by the Roasterie, will be served at Barney Allis Plaza prior to the ceremony, beginning at 5 p.m.

City Lights is also the official kickoff of The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas Campaign, which raises money to fund Salvation Army programs year-round. These programs include food pantries in eight community centers across the metropolitan area, emergency rent and utility assistance, affordable day care for children of low-income families, a children’s shelter for abused and neglected children, alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs, senior programs and visitation, homeless shelters and transitional housing and prison correctional programs.

The 2012 Chair of The Salvation Army’s 2012 Christmas Campaign is David Fowler, managing partner of KPMG’s Kansas City Office. “I am honored to serve as the Honorary Chair of the Salvation Army Christmas Campaign,” said Fowler.  “We, at KPMG, salute the Salvation Army for its tireless work in connecting with the individuals and families who need our help the most.  We also know that our community is a giving one, and we will be appreciative and thankful to all who give to the Salvation Army this season.”