November 30, 2015
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This Friday: AWB hosts lighting of the Holiday Kids' Tree to kick off the season

It's time to trim the tree and light the lights in one of the state’s grandest holiday traditions. This Friday marks the annual lighting of the Holiday Kids’ Tree in the state Capitol.

As a special treat this year, Okanogan County firefighters will light the tree. Their presence is especially welcome as they fought hard to contain and put out the largest fire in the state’s history this summer.

Last year’s tree theme was Disney’s Frozen and this year’s theme will be a tribute to heroes. The tree-lighting ceremony takes place this Friday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. in the Capitol rotunda. Watch and share this preview video for a look at what to expect.

Secretary of State Kim Wyman will meet with firefighters and join the children who will officially light the tree. This year’s tree was donated by Black Lake Christmas Trees and arrived at the Capitol this morning.

Each year, AWB works with members and rural fire departments throughout the state to make Christmas happen in places where it wouldn’t otherwise. This project is known as the AWB Holiday Kids’ Tree. Each year, hundreds of AWB members and individuals contribute to the Holiday Kids’ Tree fund. Last year, members contributed a record $20,000 to the fund that helped families in need across the state during the holiday season – and donations this year have already topped $23,000! There’s still time to donate: contact AWB’s Bonnie Millikan to help bring some cheer to needy families across the state.

To learn more about the project and contribute, follow this link.

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