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Monday, December 1


Capitol tree-lighting ceremony set for 6 p.m. Friday as AWB celebrates 26th annual Holiday Kids’ Tree program

OLYMPIA — The Association of Washington Business welcomes the arrival of the 2014 holiday season Friday with a 6 p.m. tree-lighting ceremony at the Capitol rotunda.

The festive event marks the conclusion of the association’s 26th annual fundraiser to benefit children and families in rural communities throughout the state.

Since 1989, AWB’s Holiday Kids’ Tree project has raised more than $330,000 for families in need. Donations gathered this year will be presented to 15 rural fire districts in seven counties, which use the funds to buy food and gifts for families in their communities. Grant, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Spokane, Thurston and Walla Walla counties are this year’s recipients.

This year’s tree is a 25-foot Noble fir donated by Winkleworld Noble Fir Tree Farm in Olympia. This year’s theme will be Disney’s “Frozen.”

In addition to traditional decorations and 5,000 LED lights, the tree will be decorated with plush characters from “Frozen.” After the tree comes down Dec. 30, the stuffed characters will be individually wrapped along with a Golden Book that relates to the “Frozen” story and handed out to children at Seattle Children’s hospital.

To learn more about the Holiday Kids’ Tree program, visit this website: or view an interactive timeline, available here.


WHO: Association of Washington Business

  • AWB President Kris Johnson
  • Gov. Jay Inslee

WHAT: AWB Holiday Kids’ Tree Lighting Ceremony

WHERE: Capitol Rotunda/State Legislative Building

                  416 Sid Snyder Avenue SW

WHEN: FRIDAY, DEC. 5, 2014

5:30 p.m. – Governor’s presentation of gifts (State Room)

6:00 p.m. – Welcome: Chris Liu, director, WDES

6:03 p.m. – Musical performances by Kids in Koncert

6:11 p.m. – Statement of appreciation: Kris Johnson, AWB president

6:16 p.m. – Additional musical selections by Kids in Koncert

6:24 p.m. – Proclamation and lighting of the tree: Gov. Inslee, U.S. Coast Guard District 13: Second Class Boatswains Mate Jimmy Thrall, his wife Rachele Thrall, and their two children Jaret and Finnley.

6:35 p.m. – Santa arrives

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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