Kansas City Mayor Sly James will hold a press availability tomorrow, November 23, in front of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree at Crown Center. The tree serves each year as a both a civic symbol of the holidays and a philanthropic rallying point for Kansas City. Each year, thousands of families across the City receive money through the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund to make their holidays a bit brighter.
Mayor James will announce this year’s contribution totals to date, which have surpassed last year’s, replenished the Mayor’s Christmas Tree reserve funds, and brought the 501c3 into the “black” financially.
In addition to this year’s donations to individual families, the renewed financial stability of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree will allow the organization to fund holiday parties for thousands of children at all ten of Kansas City’s Community Centers.
The Mayor will also spend one-on-one time with media outlets after the announcement of contribution totals.
Who: Kansas City Mayor Sly James
When: Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 23, 2011 11 a.m. (availability will last through 11:45 a.m., with general brief remarks beginning at 11 a.m.)
Where: Crown Center, in front of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree.
Mayor James will be joined by R&B sensation Janelle Monae on Friday, November 25, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. for the tree lighting ceremony. Fireworks will follow the Kansas City Symphony Chorus and the arrival of Santa Claus to Crown Center.