As the season of giving approaches, the Sulphur Springs Lions Club members are making plans for their Christmas Lights Parade.
The Fifth Annual Sulphur Springs Lions Club Christmas Lights Parade will be held in downtown Sulphur Springs Saturday evening, Dec. 1. As the city lights go out, the parade entries, which are required to be lit with working Christmas lights, will bring Christmas cheer to those lining the parade route.
For the third year in a row, the Sulphur Springs Lions Club has teamed up with Blue Santa, a local charity that provides toys and gifts to needy children in Hopkins County.
“We enjoy putting this parade on every year,” stated Garrett Glass, Lions Club president. “It gets the whole town in the Christmas spirit, with the lights, music and, of course, Santa. Also, we are able to give back to those less fortunate by collecting toys along the parade route.”
This year, entries will be judged in several categories. Small business/commercial for businesses with 25 or fewer employees and non-profit entries compete for cash awards of $1,000 for first, $500 for second and $250 for third in each category. Cash prizes totaling $1,000 will be given to elementary school entries and a traveling trophy will be presented to the best large business with 26 employees or more. A plaque will also be awarded to the winner of the prestigious Mayor’s Choice Award.
The 2012 parade is sponsored by several local businesses including Duncan Disposal/Republic Waste, title sponsor; Carriage House Manor, presenting sponsor; City National Bank and FEC Electric, partnering sponsors; and Alliance Bank, accommodating sponsor.
“The Lions Club would like to give a special thanks [to the sponsors] for their support and sponsorship of the parade,” noted Lions Club member Josh Goodman.
The Sulphur Springs Lions Club meets at noon every Tuesday at Pizza Inn, 1320 Mockingbird Lane. Lions clubs consist of a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the Sulphur Springs Lions Club, check out their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SSLionsClub, or contact Josh Goodman at 903-439-6723 or jgoodman @alliancebank.com.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with nearly 1.35 million members in 207 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at www.lionsclubs.org.
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