As the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce gears up for the 10th annual Holiday Stroll, a recently established charitable foundation is seeking donations to fund the event and tree lighting.

The Holiday Stroll, a weekend of festivities marking the beginning of the holiday season in New Canaan, will take place Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6.

The event, chamber officials noted, is not funded by the town. "While they do absorb the electricity portion, the hardware and manpower alone total a whopping $21,000 plus, which, in past years, came from merchants and private donors," Tucker Murphy, the chamber's executive director, said in a news release.

"People assume that the town has some secret stash that they dip into for events such as these," she said, "and often it goes unspoken, but residents should know that it doesn't work like that."

For the first time this year, the chamber has established the New Canaan Chamber Charitable Foundation so that all donations, big or small, are fully tax deductible to the extent permitted by law and can be sent to the chamber at 91 Elm St., New Canaan. Checks are also welcome, made payable to: New Canaan Chamber Charitable Foundation.

The donations will help cover approximately 150 hours of manpower to light 50 trees with 400 strands of lights, according to Rob Hutchinson of Hutchinson Tree Care Specialists, the team behind the annual event. Hutchinson began in early November the monthlong decorating project, which includes prepping the trees and testing the electricity sources. The main power source comes from the lamp posts that line Elm and Forest streets and part of South Avenue.

"We are up on the cherry pickers for about 50 hours, on the ground for 100 hours, plus there's day-to-day maintenance while the lights are up and the breakdown in the end," Hutchinson said. "Not to mention the traffic control and police work involved."

For more information, contact Murphy at 203-966-2004 or tucker@newcanaanchamber.com.