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File #: 21-1586    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Department Report Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 11/3/2021 In control: Parks & Recreation Commission
On agenda: 11/16/2021 Final action:
Title: Recommend Nominee(s) for Consideration as the "Honorary Holiday Tree Lighter 2021" for the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 3, 2021
Attachments: 1. List of Honorary Holiday Tree Lighters 2008-2020
REPORT TO PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION
SUBJECT
Title
Recommend Nominee(s) for Consideration as the "Honorary Holiday Tree Lighter 2021" for the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 3, 2021

Report
BACKGROUND
The Santa Clara Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony is held annually in Central Park on the first Friday evening in December. This Santa Clara tradition of decorating a tree for the holidays and placing an heirloom Teddy Bear in the top of it's branches is over 110 years old. In recent years, in addition to the heirloom Teddy Bear and colorful lights, the event festivities have included live stage music and entertainment, children's and family activities, a seasonal ice-skating rink, community information and non-profit food booths, and a short fireworks display depending upon budget and community interest.

The tradition also includes an official "Holiday Tree Lighter" which recognizes a Santa Clara individual, family or business that embodies the meaning of the holiday season of giving through their community service, generosity, and heartfelt positive spirit. The Santa Clara Holiday Tree Lighter receives a Mayoral Proclamation in recognition of the community service and generosity; and, as the honorary "Holiday Tree Lighter" lights the tree and opens the holiday season with service to others.

At the October 2021 Commission meeting, after discussion of potential nominees, an individual was nominated, however, the person did not meet the criteria of being a Santa Clara resident, and therefore, did not move forward for Mayoral consideration.

DISCUSSION
As an alternative, staff presents the Parks & Recreation Students of Service (SOS) program participants for Commission consideration for recommendation to the Mayor as the honorary Holiday Tree Lighter 2021. The Students of Service is designed to provide high school students with community service opportunities that enhance Parks & Recreation programs, provide leadership development oppor...

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