Reuel Lawburgh, the display and volunteer chairman, echoed Balinski's concerns. He said the event has no shortage of attendees, but needs more people to contribute in the weeks beforehand to ensure it can operate at 100 percent.
"We go back and forth. We want to put the show on. People come from far away to see it, it's a big driver for our scholarship program and it's a tradition with a lot of families, but that lack of volunteers has made it difficult," Lawburgh said.
In addition to volunteers to help in the weeks before and after the event, new Symphony of Lights board members are also in high demand. Nine of the 15 board member positions are vacant, which has left the current board members taking on more responsibilities and dedicating larger chunks of time to throwing a successful event.
Board members are looking for anyone who wants to volunteer, join the board or get involved in any capacity in order to secure the event's continued success.
"I'm of the opinion that if we got a large influx of people to help now, it would save the event for years to come because inevitably some of the people would gain the appreciation for what goes on behind the scenes and the attachment to the pride they get from having it become a success," Balinski said.
For more information on volunteering or joining the board, visit Symphonyoflights.org or contact Balinski at firstname.lastname@example.org.