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Why Light The Hoan?

The Bridge Is Iconic

The Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge is one of Milwaukee’s most iconic landmarks. We see it as an amazing opportunity for beautification in our city’s landscape.

Economic & Social Benefits

Lighting projects from around the
world have shown direct economic and citizen engagement benefits, and we believe Cream City could benefit from the same.

A Platform for pride

While lighting the bridge does not solve big issues such as poverty or segregation, it does offer a platform for building awareness and improving community pride.

Milwaukee's Bridge

We want the Milwaukee community to have the opportunity to partner with Light the Hoan’s mission.

Help us shine a light on the positive stories about Milwaukee with dedications starting at just $50.

Community Programs

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2023 Recap

In collaboration with DJ Shawna Nicols, we built an immersive fusion of boats, music and lights that engaged, inspired, and uplifted the city of Milwaukee.

This event was the first to provide a transformative experience that took place on the Milwaukee River and shores of Lake Michigan.

2024 Save the Date coming soon!

Shine a Lite

Sponsored by Miller Lite

Light the Hoan supports and celebrates the organizations inspiring positive change in our community.

Light the Hoan will donate 100% of that night’s bulb donation proceeds back to the non-profit.  Click the button below to apply to become one of our Shine A Lite partners.

Sponsor Spotlight

Join us for Friday Night Lights sponsored by UW Credit Union!

Thank you to UW Credit Union for bringing back Friday Night Lights for the community to enjoy! 

Now through December, every Friday at 8pm, a 10min illuminated light show will take place on the Hoan Bridge. 

Code The Hoan

Code the Hoan is a suite of STEAM education offerings with the use of the bridge lights.

Students will be guided through learning modules that will allow them to use the bridge lights as a platform to understand the technology of the lighting system and grasp key principles of coding.

Intern Challenge

For the past 3 years, Light the Hoan has engaged with local interns in tech-related positions/industries to participate in a session that taught them how to code light shows that are displayed on Milwaukee’s iconic Hoan Bridge in celebration of National Intern Day.

The 16 teams of interns from local companies developed light shows that reflected their company’s brand and culture during a March Madness-style bracket competition.

The event was a massive success and was a prime opportunity to highlight the intersection between tech and art, while demonstrating Milwaukee’s growing reputation as a hub of tech talent.

@Lightthehoan

Dedicate a bulb

Select your tier below to dedicate your bulb. You will be redirected to checkout after you choose your option. Gifts are will be delivered within 7-10 business days.

**Option to add a custom donation amount is available during checkout**

Dedicate a bulb

Select your tier below to dedicate your bulb. You will be redirected to checkout after you choose your option. Gifts are will be delivered within 7-10 business days.

**Option to add a custom donation amount is available during checkout**

What's Happening?

See our blog posts, news about us, and press releases below

LIGHT THE HOAN PARTNERS WITH MILLER LITE FOR A SECOND YEAR TO ‘SHINE A LIGHT’ ON NON-PROFITS

The Light the Hoan “Shine a Light” program was created to highlight the great work of Milwaukee’s non-profit community.
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Most RECENT

LIGHT THE HOAN ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH 11 LOCAL ARTISTS THROUGH SHINE A LIGHT PROJECT

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HOAN BRIDGE TO BE LIT IN HONOR OF HANUKKAH 2020

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OFFICIAL HOAN BRIDGE LIGHTING WILL TAKE PLACE THIS OCTOBER

OCTOBER LIGHTING PREMIERE TO INCLUDE COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
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A Light in the Darkness

SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS MONTH
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**Please note that donations are requested for ALL bridge lightings.**

We try to respond to all requests within 2-3 business days.

The Hoan Bridge lights have two main public viewing spots:
1) Milwaukee Riverfront Boat Launch at 600 S. Water Street
2) Riverwalk on East Erie Street right before the Milwaukee Pierhead Light.

There are also several local establishments with views of the Hoan Bridge lights:
1) Indeed Brewing Rooftop inside the Eagleknit building 

2) Cooperage/Boone + Crockett

3) Milwaukee Sail Loft

4) 2A Wine Merchants

5) The Outsider rooftop located in Journeyman Hotel

6) Blu at the Pfister (small corner view)

  1. Visit lightthehoan.com.

  2. Click the Dedicate a Bulb page.

  3. Select your donation amount. Be sure to check out all of the Hoan gear that is available at different donation levels!

  4. Checkout and fill out your shipping information and billing information. Be sure to follow the steps on the checkout page to submit your dedication!

  5. Review your dedication to make sure everything is correct.

  6. Receive your order confirmation and printable dedication certificate via email. 

  7. View your dedications on the Find Your Bulb page. Please allow 2-3 hours after you’ve dedicated for your dedication to appear on the page. 

  8. If purchased, you will receive any items ordered via postal mail. 

Dedications can be viewed online on our website, under the Find Your Bulb page. Please allow 2-3 hours after you’ve submitted, for your dedication to appear on the page.

To view the upcoming schedule for the Hoan Bridge Lights, please visit our regularly updated Light Schedule page.

Light the Hoan, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations to it are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

 

Dedicate a bulb

Simply select your tier to dedicate your bulb. You will be redirected to checkout after you choose your option. Gifts will be delivered within 7-10 business days.

**Option to add a custom donation amount is available during checkout**

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