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Monday, November 25

MEDIA ADVISORY: Capitol set to sparkle with Dec. 6 tree lighting ceremony

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business will kick off the holiday season in Olympia on Friday, Dec. 6, with a tree-lighting ceremony capping AWB’s Holiday Kids’ Tree Project. This will be the 25th year that AWB has led the fundraiser, which spreads the spirit of giving from the Capitol to rural families around the state.

Every year since 1989, AWB member businesses and individuals have donated money in support of children and families located in rural parts of Washington state. This year, 15 fire departments representing seven rural counties will use the money to buy food, clothing and gifts for families in need in their communities.

Donations this year are fast approaching $16,000 from 97 AWB member businesses and individuals throughout the state. More than $316,000 has been raised since the program began.

This year’s tree is a 24-foot noble fir donated to the state by Port Blakely, an AWB member business. The tree was cut from property near Morton in Lewis County. The tree is decorated with Disney character dolls provided by AWB. After the tree is taken down Dec. 30, AWB will individually wrap the dolls with Little Golden Books and give them to patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

More information, including how to donate, is available online at High-resolution photos of today’s tree raising are available for media use at and video of the tree being installed in the rotunda is available online. Pictures of previous holiday trees and information about the Holiday Kids’ Tree Project are available via an interactive timeline, available here.


WHO: Association of Washington Business

  • AWB President Don Brunell
  • Gov. Jay Inslee

WHAT: AWB Holiday Kids’ Tree Lighting Ceremony

WHERE: Capitol Rotunda/State Legislative Building
416 Sid Snyder Avenue SW

WHEN: FRIDAY, DEC. 6, 2012

5:30 p.m. – Governor’s presentation of gifts (State Room, open to media and invitees only)
6:00 p.m. – Welcome: Chris Liu, director, WDES (Rotunda)
6:03 p.m. – Musical performances by Kids in Koncert
6:11 p.m. – Statement of appreciation: AWB President Don Brunell
6:16 p.m. – Additional musical selections by Kids in Koncert
6:24 p.m. – Proclamation and lighting of the tree: Gov. Inslee, Master Sgt. Richard Maser, with his wife, Robin, and their daughter, 11-year old Ava.
6:35 p.m. – Santa arrives!

Friday’s tree-lighting ceremony is free and open to the public. You can also follow the ceremony via Twitter using the hashtag #awbkidstree.

About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 8,100 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit


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