Light & Unite 2023

Please join our community of bereaved parents, loved ones, and anyone affected by pregnancy loss, for our annual fundraiser and memorial event. We invite you to participate in the International Wave of Light, a world wide candle-lighting and remembrance ceremony  in the comfort and company of other bereaved families.

As part of our fundraising efforts, loss parents can collect "wishes" that family and friends purchase for $20 (clicking on the Donation button above) then create a personalized message for the loss parent/family.  We will write these heartfelt "wishes" onto the Flying Wish paper and give them to the parents at the event.  Parents will read these words of love and support and then set them aflame over the river at our Flying Wish station. Event attendees can also create their own special wishes and send them off into the horizon. Don't worry, these wishes burn out very quickly and do most of the burning before they rise and disintegrate. Check out this video.

5th Annual
Light & Unite

October 15, 2023
5:30 - 8:30 pm

Allegheny RiverTrail Park
285 River Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15215


This year, parents will burn Flying Wishes that they create and also receive from others.

  • Loss families can decorate their lantern and light it during the Wave of Light ceremony in memory of their baby.
  • Live music by Doug Edgell
  • Phone of the Wind- an activity to connect with loved ones lost
  • Children's activity table and playground
  • Light Buffet Dinner
  • Dessert Table
  • Bar and Hot Cider

Each loss family will receive a personalized lantern to decorate with charms and ribbons. Kids will receive their own mini-lantern to remember their sibling.

2023 Event Sponsors

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Sponsor Levels

We will need the generous help of sponsors to make this evening a success. If you would like to sponsor the event or would like more information, please email us. Sponsorships can be purchased through our event registration form

We also welcome raffle basket donations or items and gift card for the baskets.  Please contact us for pickup.

Light & Unite 2023 Sponsor Levels

Light & Unite 2022

Light & Unite 2022 was held at The Villa at Springwood in Verona. In this beautiful setting, we participated in the International Wave of Light, a world wide candle-lighting and remembrance ceremony and enjoyed the comfort and company of other bereaved families.

This year's theme was the lotus flower, which represents purity, beauty, and transcendence. It has long been revered for its ability to remain pure, its center never tainted by its journey, despite growing only in a muddy and murky environment. Symbolically, out of a dark place, we can all come together in an evening of togetherness and connection, remembering our babies' purity of heart and soul. The lotus flower blooms slowly one petal at a time, which is similar to the gradual steps required to reach spiritual enlightenment. In this sense, the lotus is a symbol of personal progress.

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Light & Unite 2021

Light & Unite 2021 was held at Gilfillan Farm in Upper St. Clair. In this serene farm setting, families thoughtfully remembered and celebrated the their experience of life and loss. Horse With Hope provided therapy horses to enhance the meaningful evening.

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Light & Unite 2020 was virtual due to the pandemic.

Light & Unite 2019

Our inaugural Light & Unite event was also held in 2019 at Choderwood. Click here to see a video from the event on