NEWS RELEASE

December 5, 2017

Holiday Spirit Project Ornament Fundraiser

The Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and the People for Leisure And Youth Inc. (PLAY, Inc), extend gratitude to the community for participating in the illumination of the Community Christmas Tree this past Saturday.

Evelyn Cervantes, a 15-year-old battling thyroid cancer, flipped the switch that lit up the tree and marked the beginning of the 23rd annual Rotary Parade of Lights on Broadway (Highway 135). Hundreds of residents witnessed the illumination of the 24-foot ornament-heavy tree, with several ornaments carrying a personalized dedication towards a sponsor or honoree.

PLAY, Inc. is accepting $20 donations in sponsorship of the Recreation and Parks Department’s youth and family programs and events. Patrons may select a Santa Claus or Holiday Bells ornament to take home, in addition to having a personalized dedication tag attached to an ornament on the Community Christmas Tree. Donations will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 29th. Ornaments can be obtained at the Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department’s administrative office located at 615 South McClelland Street, or online at www.santamariaatplay.org.

Questions regarding this event may be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department at (805) 925-0951 extension 2260.