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Jamestown Renaissance Corporation
The Tinseltown Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration, presented by The Resource Center, will step off through downtown Jamestown on Friday, December 4, at 6:30 pm with Santa Claus escorted by Shults Auto Group. Santa’s trip through downtown ends at Tracy Plaza and triggers the parade fireworks extravaganza.
The parade Grand Marshall honor goes to an individual or group dedicated to making the community a better place. The Grand Marshall for 2015 is Cummins Inc.’s “Every Employee Every Community” (EEEC) volunteer program. Cummins Inc. has donated thousands of staff hours in the past year to help nonprofits throughout the county. The Grand Marshall will be escorted in the parade by Elite Kreations Auto Detailing.
“The employees of Cummins Inc. have done so much for our community through this volunteer program,” said Edwin Rodriguez Jr., marketing and events associate for the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, “especially in downtown Jamestown. It is only appropriate that they be honored for those efforts at one of the largest downtown events we host,”
EEEC promotes employee engagement by ensuring that every Cummins Inc. employee has the opportunity to volunteer four hours per calendar year on company time to serve and improve their community in projects that are aligned with at least one of Cummins’ global priority areas: Education, Social Justice/Equality of Opportunity, or Environment. The program encourages each Cummins Inc. employee at the Jamestown Engine Plant to use their talents to help make the community a better place in which to live and work. The EEEC program aligns with Cummins’ Core Value of “serving and improving” communities.
“Employee engagement projects serve as a way to strengthen Cummins’ existing partnerships in the community or to develop new partnerships with nonprofit and non-governmental organizations that are making a positive impact in the area,” said Angela Peck, Community Involvement Leader for Cummins Inc., Jamestown Engine Plant. Some of the EEEC community partners and projects include: Chautauqua Lake shoreline clean-up, St. Susan Center food service, Habitat for Humanity, Hands On Jamestown city-wide clean-up, Washington Middle School e-Mentoring Program, Adopt-a-School Program at Jamestown High School, Dream It Do It STEM Wars, and many more.
A group of Cummins Inc. employees, including the plant manager, will be leading the parade into town alongside Elite Kreations, this year’s Official Transportation of the Grand Marshall. This is Elite Kreations’ first year sponsoring the parade. Aside from their escort duties, Elite Kreations will also be giving back to the community during the parade.
“We bought hundreds of scarves, pairs of gloves, hats and also some candy,” said Robert Reedy, owner of Elite Kreations. “We’re going to be giving these items out during the parade. This is our chance to give back and do something nice for the community,” Reedy said.
After the parade, Santa Claus will be stopping by the Jamestown YMCA for Santa’s Family Workshop. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. and includes ornament decorating, holiday snacks, face painting, karaoke, and more. Cost for admission to Santa’s Family Workshop after the parade is $1 per person. Admission for children under 2-years-old is free.
The Tinseltown Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration is also sponsored by the 38 libraries of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System, Southern Tier Xpress Hockey Team and Elite Kreations Auto Detailing (Official Transportation of the Grand Marshall), Chautauqua Region Community Foundation (Fireworks Sponsor), Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, City of Jamestown, and Jamestown Up Close.
For more information on Jamestown Renaissance Corporation’s special events or to sign up for the Tinseltown Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration, please visit www.jamestownrenaissance.org to download the appropriate application or call 716-664-2477 ext 226.
The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is a nonprofit organization that supports downtown and neighborhood revitalization in Jamestown, NY, by promoting reinvestment, stakeholder engagement, and innovation.