The Resource Center and Lutheran Jamestown Co-sponsor Parade

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Check presentation for the 2013 Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration in downtown Jamestown.

Greg Lindquist, JRC Executive Director; Denise Jones, TRC Chief Financial Officer and Associate Executive Director; Matt Hanley, City of Jamestown; Tiffani Conti, JRC Event and Programming Associate; Patricia Eckwahl, Lutheran Director of Marketing and Tom Holt, Lutheran President and CEO.

The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) has announced that The Resource Center and Lutheran Jamestown will come together as co-sponsors of “Jamestown’s Snowball Express” Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration on December 6.

“The Resource Center has been an exceptional partner for downtown events over the past nine years, including the annual Christmas Parade,” said Tiffani Conti, the JRC’s Event and Programming Associate. “We are honored to have Lutheran Jamestown join this team effort in providing a signature event for Jamestown and surrounding communities.”

The Resource Center has been supporting people with disabilities in Chautauqua County, and their families, since 1959.  The Resource Center also offers a variety of health and behavioral health services that are available to anyone in the community.  TRC is in the midst of undertaking a broad-scale integration of its services in order to meet each individual’s entire needs.  To learn more about The Resource Center or its STARS health care model, phone 483-2344.

“The Resource Center is pleased to partner with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation to sponsor the holiday parade for the ninth consecutive year. Sponsoring the parade is a wonderful way for The Resource Center to give back to the community, to say ‘thanks’ for all of the support we receive throughout the year,” said Denise Jones The Resource Center Chief Financial Officer and Associate Executive Director. “And the parade is a perfect tie-in with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots drive, which The Resource Center coordinates every year. In these uncertain financial times, this year we’re excited to co-sponsor the parade with Lutheran. Our two organizations have been working closely together to identify ways that we can operate as efficiently as possible.”

Lutheran Jamestown is the go-to resource for both seniors and youth with special needs. The Lutheran team helps adults navigate the exciting world of worry free senior living and the complex world of aging. G.A. Family Services is focused on helping youth learn the skills they need to be successful and helping them find a permanent loving home

“We’re excited to join TRC in sponsoring the holiday parade this year,” said Tom Holt, Lutheran President and CEO.  “This event has become a wonderful family tradition. Over the years, our employees, youth and the seniors we serve have participated and enjoyed seeing the holiday spirit come alive.”

“The combination of The Resources Center and Lutheran Jamestown as co-sponsors for the year’s Christmas Parade is a magnificent example of the caring attitude that each of these organizations hold for the community,” said JRC Executive Director, Greg Lindquist. “We are truly proud to have TRC and Lutheran as co-sponsors for this event that has become a tradition to local residents and visitors.”

Additional support for the annual parade is provided by the City of Jamestown and its various departments, including Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Public Safety, and the Board of Public Utilities. The Jamestown Gateway Train Station will also support this year’s parade by providing unique attractions that will be announced as details are finalized.

“Jamestown’s Snowball Express” Christmas Parade and Holiday Celebration will be held on Friday, December 6, 2013, in downtown Jamestown.  Parade line-up will begin promptly at 5:00pm on Third Street between Monroe Avenue and Hallock Street, with the parade stepping off at 6:30pm and traveling east on Third Street to Tracy Plaza. The parade will conclude by 8:00pm.

All businesses and organizations interested in participating in the parade are asked to register by November 25. Participation includes a fee of $10.00 for all commercial and business entrants. For non-commercial, not-for-profit, and civic organizations, the $10.00 fee is optional. Registration forms are available online at Businesses and organizations may also sponsor a trophy for $25.00. There will be eight different trophy categories for the parade in 2013 including Best Theme Related parade unit, Best Animal, Best Business, Best Civic/Not-for-Profit, Best Youth Involvement, Most Creative, Best All Around, and Crowd Favorite.

Additional holiday activities and events in the Jamestown area, on December 6 and throughout the holiday season, can be found on the events calendar at, a Web site managed by the JRC.

More information on “Jamestown’s Snowball ExpressChristmas Parade and Holiday Celebration will be available at and the JRC’s Facebook page as it becomes available.

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