Editor, The Times:
On behalf of Clearwater Rotary, I would like to extend a big huge thank you to everyone who helped making the Rotary Christmas Tree Light-Up such a great success!
This community event was made possible by our very generous sponsors: the Wells Gray Infocenter Gift Shop, BC Hydro, Blackwell Enterprises, Wells Gray Gallery, Blackbird Creek Logs, Clearwater Times, Wadlegger Logging, Wells Gray Community Forest, the Fire Department, TNRD, the District of Clearwater, Canfor, and Yellowhead Community Services.
BC Hydro guys put all the lights up in the tree and insisted on having a star on the top. Santa was there – we all know how busy he is right now! Clearwater Fire Department drove Santa to the party.
Gerda Faber, Sam and Rich Willan, the Carol Singers, and the Campbell Sisters created a great atmosphere with their music. Lenny Hurst made Santa’s chair – I am curious what it will look like next year.
Kathy Fournier showed patience while helping me work out all the ideas. Heather Adamson read the Christmas story. Pearl Broswick made us a real red Santa mailbox. Merlin Blackwell provided the bonfire. Charlene Lau created those beautiful posters and organized the vendors, Sharon Chaytor gave Santa’s sleigh for Jerry the Moose to pull, Tay Briggs and Kirsty Ulchin provided presents. The high school students provided gift wrapping services. Aiden Sim volunteered, Suzanne Wood provided a farmers’ market tent. Sharon Neufeld made amazing wreaths and garlands.
Rotary members helped decorate in and around the Infocenter and wrote “Merry Christmas” on the tennis court fence. They helped during the event as well as with the clean up afterwards.
My sincere apologies if I have forgotten to mention anyone. So many people jumped in enthusiastically and helped out.
And last but not least, to all the people who attended and enjoyed the event – without you it wouldn’t have been the great Christmas Tree Light-Up that it was – thank you for coming and joining in the holiday cheer!
Let’s make it bigger and better next year!