Thank you for your recent coverage of the Oro Valley Holiday Parade.  I feel that it is important that your readers know some of the back story that defines this event.  First and foremost, the Oro Valley Parade Committee, Inc., is comprised of two members—Jackie Devery and Pat Jimenez—who volunteer countless hours to ensure that this piece of Americana successfully arrives in our town the second Saturday in December.

On the day of the parade, additional volunteers, many of whom have been part of this event since its original planning, are recruited to assist in the organization and production of the event.  I would like to take a moment to publicly thank those volunteers:

Tom McNamara, Master of Ceremonies

The Barnett Family; Mia, John, Lauren, and Charlie

Michelle and Mark Branham

Kathleen and Julia Nicholson

The Wiles Family:  Dave, Tanya, Megan, Nate, Cory and Jeremy

Maranda Robbins

Stan Winetrobe, photographer

Nick D’Andre. sound

Carol D’Andre, website

Dave Perry and Alex Demeroutis. Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce

Lynn Sharp

Mike Devery

Brianna and Sarah Jimenez

Jane Gordon

Donna and Jayme Nozzi

Stacy Solberg

Also, a big thank you goes out to The Town of Oro Valley Police Department led by Chief Danny Sharp and Officer Mike Bott, who are the Special Operations Officer, as well as, Officer Kevin Mattocks and the Oro Valley Police Explorers.  These two groups provide the peace of mind necessary to execute this event by organizing the infrastructure and ensuring the safety of all involved. 

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank each participant and resident who came out to support this wonderful event.  It’s events like this that make me proud to be the Mayor.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.

Dr. Satish I. Hiremath, Oro Valley Mayor

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