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Illuminate Somers Organized By Somers Lions Club

2021 Illuminate Somers Winners

  • Category
  • Community Choice
  • Best Overall
  • Brightest Decorations
  • Most Colorful Decorations
  • Best Classic Display
  • Most Original Decorations
  • Winner
  • 1 Somerset Drive
  • 1 Somerset Drive
  • 9 Meadowview Lane
  • 6 Deans Bridge
  • 3 Wellington Lane
  • 13 Chambers Drive
  • Guyot Family
  • Guyot Family
  • Villareale Family
  • Ondrovic Family
  • Norton Family
  • DeFeo Family

2019 Illuminate Somers Results

All the votes are in! The Somers Lions would like to thank all those who entered the Illuminate Somers Light Decorating Contest and all those in the community who participated in the Parade of Lights. Somers certainly continues to have holiday spirit!! Over 100+ cars turned up for the parade and with the help of the Somers Highway Department we tried to stay together as we weaved through our many communities of meticulously illuminated homes. We are again allowing winners to illuminate the charity of their choice, so without further ado, the 2019 Illuminate Somers winners are:


Outdoor Competition

1st - Ondrovic Family of Deans Bridge Road - Blythedale Children’s Hospital

2nd - Kaminski Family in Lake Lincolndale - Somers Historical Society

3rd - Simpson Family in Shenorock - Guiding Eyes for the Blind


Indoor Competition

1st - Sator Family of Dunhill Drive - Somers Historical Society


Community Choice Award

Guyot Family of Somerset Drive - Guiding Eyes for the Blind


Outdoor Honorable Mentions

Worsley Family of Mekeel Street - Somers Senior Citizen


Congratulations to all! Our whole community is the real winner! Special thank you to Route 100 Market for donating cups and lids for hot chocolate and to the Somers Record for their ongoing community partnership. Thank you for the time and effort that everyone puts into illuminating all that is good during the holiday season. Peace and happiness to all in the new year.

2018 Illuminate Somers Results

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The Somers Lions would like to thank all those who entered the Illuminate Somers Light Decorating Contest and all those in the community who braved the threat of rain to participate in the Parade of Lights. Somers certainly has holiday spirit. It is difficult to drive into any of our many communities and not see multiple homes that were meticulously illuminated. It was Lion Herb Reimann’s vision that Illuminate Somers could be a way to give back to the community and we certainly felt his presence with us during our caravan of 130+ Somers residents who all got to share in that joy this season together. We again asked registrants to illuminate the charity of their choice, so without further delay below are your 2018 Illuminate Somers Winners:

  • 1st Prize (Outside) - Guyot Family illuminating Blythedale Children’s Hospital
  • 2nd Prize (Outside) - Ondrovic Family illuminating Blythedale Children’s Hospital
  • 3rd Prize & Community Choice (Outside) - Aloisio Family illuminating Somers Senior Citizen
  • 1st Prize (Indoor) - Aloisio Family illuminating ASPCA
  • Honorable Mentions (Outdoor) - Juan Family, Yovane Family illuminating Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Donnelly Family illuminating North East Special Recreation, Kaminski Family illuminating Somers Historical Society
  • Honorable Mentions (Indoor) - Bambach Family illuminating Friends of Karen, Zimmerman Family illuminating Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Congratulations to all!! Our whole community is the real winner because of the time and effort that everyone puts into decorating their homes. Thank you!

2017 Illuminate Somers Results

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Lion Herb Reimann, lovingly called "The Herbinator," was the originator of Illuminate Somers. When he proposed the friendly competition to the Board of the Somers Lions his vision was to spread some holiday cheer by giving back to the community for the support they provide The Somers Lions throughout the year. He believed that residents who spend a lot of time decorating would have a chance of winning a prize plus the people of the town could have a list of houses that they could drive around to with their families and enjoy them.


  • Self Decorated Winners:
    • 1st Prize (Outside) - Gallino Family
    • Runner Up (Outside) - Guyot Family
    • 1st Prize (Indoor) - Ondrovic Family
  • Professionally Decorated Winners:
    • 1st Prize (Outside) - 61 Lakewood, Somers
  • Community Choice Winner:
    • (Outside) - 3 Magnolia, Mahopac

2016 Illuminate Somers Results

  • Outdoor Winners:
    • 1st Place - Errol & Christina Ruschil in Twin Knolls
    • 2nd Place - John & Dana Ruggiero
    • 3rd Place - Gallino Family illuminating Blythdale Children's Hospital
  • Indoor Winners:
    • 1st Place - Ruggiero Family
    • 2nd Place - Zimmermann Family illuminating Somers Historical Society
    • 3rd Place - Bambach Family illuminating Friends of Karen
  • Indoor Honorable Mentions: Elezaj Family for Blythdale Children's Hospital, Rinaldi Family, Reimann Family, Somers Diner for Toys for Tots, Tremblay Family illuminating Guiding Eyes for the Blind and Zeitchick Family
  • Outdoor Honorable Mentions: Billingsley Real Estate office, Delzio Family and Primiano Family for Friends of Karen, Guyot Family for Blythdale Children's Hospital, Evans Family for Toys for Tots, Kaminski Family, Mooren Family for Somers Angels, Ondrovic Family and the majority of the Shenorock Area Community, including Donnelly Family, Iannuzzi Family and the Brightest and Flashiest Illumination in Somers
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2015 Illuminate Somers Results

  • 1st Place - Ruggiero family on Sunderland Lane
  • 2nd Place - Tremblay family on Lounsbury Drive
  • 3rd Place - Evans family on Emerson Court
  • Community Choice Winner - Randazzo family on Park Lane

2014 Illuminate Somers Results

  • 1st Place - Mooren family on Flower Drive
  • 2nd Place - Ruggiero family on Sunderland Lane
  • 3rd Place - Barcia family on Tomahawk Street
  • Community Choice Winner - Ruggiero family on Sunderland Lane

SOMERS, N.Y. -- Twenty-three houses participated in the first-ever "Illuminate Somers" contest run by The Somers Lions Club , but only three could be winners.

The voting included input from more than 500 community tallies, along with a panel of judges that made their decisions based on five criteria: "most illuminated", "most traditional", "most original", "most holiday spirited" and "most use of objects".

"We will definitely do this again," said Lions President Herb Reimann, who said everyone had a lot of fun.

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