OAKHURST – After managing the coordination of the Oakhurst Community Christmas Tree Lighting for over twenty years, Sierra Tel is encouraging other community businesses and members to get involved as they focus their resources on continuing to be the premiere provider of telecommunications services for our area.
“The Oakhurst Christmas Tree Lighting has become a tradition for families all over the mountain area and beyond,” says Belinda Ditton of Century 21 Ditton Realty, who has hosted the event for many years. “Many Valley families with ties to our community join us every year to kick off the Christmas season. We’re committed to keeping the tradition alive for many generations to come.”
After she learned of the need to re-think this year’s event, Ditton reached out to Rima Runtzel to see if she could help. Runtzel coordinated the tree lighting for the last eight years as a part of her duties with Sierra Tel, before leaving in May 2015 to focus on her digital media marketing company, Local Social.
“We plan to make this the best event yet by providing Christmas shopping opportunities for attendees, a professional photographer to capture the children with Santa and more,” says Runtzel.
Sierra Tel says they are proud to continue their 20-year legacy of supporting the Oakhurst Area Christmas Tree lighting event.
“We will once again cut down, deliver, setup and decorate the community Christmas tree. In addition, we are setting up and tearing down all of the tables and pop-up tents, providing over 1,000 books for the children, loaning a large generator to provide power for our community partners and setting the stage for Santa. Let’s learn the joy of giving of our time, our resources, our talents and our abilities.”
There are costs involved in making all of this happen, and Ditton and Runtzel are hopeful that the community business owners and members will step-up to make sure that it does. A Facebook Page and a YouCaring account are in place to help with publicizing the need and to provide an easy way for anybody to help out.