MOUNT VERNON — Local businesses offered a show of support Thursday night for the merging of the Christmas Parade and Christmas Walk with sponsorships totaling $4,400.
“I’m thrilled at the amount of money we’ve raised tonight, and the generosity of the businesses and organizations here,” said Lynne Ricard, downtown manager for the Heritage Centre Association. “The sponsorship is important — it helps with the expenses of the parade and the walk.”
The Page One Group was delighted to participate in the auction, placing the highest bids in three parade float categories.
“We really want to be involved in our community and support it,” said Kim Cline, store manager.
First-Knox National Bank pledged its support for the merging of the parade and walk during the auction.
“We are as excited to help support the parade and walk as we are to see the two events joined together,” said Barb Barry, assistant vice president of marketing for First-Knox. “Downtown is going to be filled with all kinds of family-friendly activities, as well as the parade and shopping. This is really going to be the start of something wonderful.”
Jenney and Jason Murray have been involved with the HCA for several years and settled in on their second year as auctioneers for the event.
“It’s so good to have the community out,” said Jenney Murray. “We have our old faithful here tonight who we enjoy seeing out every year.”
“It’s awesome to see businesses support the Christmas Parade and Walk, and if they couldn’t be here, sent someone to bid for them,” said Jason Murray. “Even with the economy the way it is, businesses in the community always show their support.”