The Resource Center and TRC Foundation Sponsor 2012 Christmas Parade

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JAMESTOWN – The Resource Center and TRC Foundation has once again teamed up with the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation to sponsor the 2012 “A Tradition of Caring at Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration” on Friday, November 30, 2012.

“It’s appropriate the TRC Foundation is involved in the Christmas Parade,” said Randy Ordines, TRC Foundation Board of Directors Chair. “This is a way for TRC Foundation to support a great community event. The TRC Foundation and the DJDC have a good partnership.”

The Resource Center serves persons with disabilities and other social and economic disadvantages, and their families, in Chautauqua County while the TRC Foundation continues to raise endowment funds to provide financial resources that respond to the needs of individuals with disabling conditions in Chautauqua County.

“Once again, it’s a wonderful thing to be working with The Resource Center and TRC Foundation on the Christmas Celebration,” said Ashley Anderson, DJDC Special Events Coordinator.

Line-up will begin at 5:00 p.m. on West Third Street starting at the Third Street Bridge. Stepping off at 6:30 p.m., the parade will travel East on Third Street to Tracy Plaza. All businesses, organizations, groups, families, churches and individuals are asked to register with DJDC to participate in the parade. Participation is free. Registration forms are available online at www.discoverjamestown.com or call 664-2477.

Razz and Friends will provide the opening, premier performance at Tracy Plaza prior to the start of parade. This performance will be free and open to the public.

There will be 13 trophies distributed this year. Categories include Best All Around, Most Creative, Best Small Business, Best Large Business, Best Large Industry, Best Animal Entry, Best Theme Related, Most Community Involvement, Best Fire Department, Best Color Guard, Best Youth Involvement, Most Festive, and Most Family Oriented. Businesses and organizations can sponsor a trophy for $20.

The traditional tree lighting ceremony will be held at the start of the parade following the National Anthem when our countries colors are presented.

The Jamestown Cycle Shop Snowball Drop will take place immediately following Santa’s arrival to Tracy Plaza at the end of the parade. The Jamestown Cycle Shop has generously donated ping pong balls for the last 5 year for this event. DJDC invites all community businesses, organizations, and event planners to participate in this annual event. Participants can use as many ping-pong balls as they wish.

“This has been such a successful event since its implementation in 2007 for both the businesses who participate and the lucky winners who collect the snowballs,” added Ashley Anderson, DJDC Special Events Coordinator. “We are encouraging more businesses and organizations to take advantage of this free, unique way to advertise their products and services and to increase foot traffic in their businesses.”

Contact DJDC at 664-2477 to participate in the 2012 Jamestown Cycle Shop Snowball Drop. Participation is free.

The parade activities will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display at Tracy Plaza.

In addition to their parade sponsorship, The Resource Center and TRC Foundation are the official representatives for the annual Toys for Tots Campaign in our community. Each year the Toys for Tots Campaign collects thousands of toys that are distributed to our local community families for the holidays. To participate in Toys for Tots contact Michael Volk at 661-1433.

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The Jamestown YMCA will host Santa’s Family Workshop at the YMCA the evening of the parade, Friday, November 30th from 6:30-8:30pm.

Additional events are also listed at www.discoverjamestown.com or available in the Christmas Program Guide.