Wake Forest Downtown Development Director Lisa Newhouse announced today that Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club representatives Jessica Bullock, Caleb Thomas and Kyndall DySard will serve as the grand marshals for the 2012 Wake Forest Christmas Parade. This year’s parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m. in historic downtown Wake Forest.
Bullock is the local Boys & Girls Club Director, while Thomas was the recipient of the 2011 North Carolina Youth of the Year. DySard is a finalist for the 2012 award.
“The Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club was chosen because of the huge impact it makes on youth living in our community,” said Newhouse. “As the largest Boys & Girls Club in Wake County, it provides a positive and safe environment where young people can learn and grow, so we are honored to have representatives from the club serve as this year’s grand marshals.”
Named director of the local Boys & Girls Club in 2010, Bullock oversees the organization’s goal of positively enriching the lives of 200 young people each day – the club’s full capacity. Prior to serving as the director, she worked for seven years as one of the organization’s two youth development professionals.
Thomas, 18, and DySard, 17, have represented the Wake Forest community and the Boys and Girls Club well over the past year – Thomas by winning the 2011 North Carolina Youth of the Year and DySard by being a finalist for this year’s award. The Youth of the Year is the club’s highest student honor. Candidates for the award are judged on their ability to overcome difficult situations, meet high academic standards, and demonstrate a strong commitment to the organization and community service.
The Wake Forest Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m. in historic downtown Wake Forest. Spectators will line South White Street, Wait Avenue and Brooks Street to watch parade participants lead Santa Claus through the heart of downtown. Prior to the start of the parade, from 10 a.m. to noon, the Wake Forest Downtown Revitalization Corporation will host free photos and visits with Santa in the Depot Parking Lot, 110 S. White St.
The Lighting of Wake Forest will kick off the weekend’s holiday festivities on Friday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. in Centennial Plaza in front of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. The event serves as the official start to downtown Wake Forest’s holiday season and culminates with the lighting of the town’s 30-feet-tall Christmas tree.
For a complete listing of all of Wake Forest’s holiday events, visit the town’s Community Calendar at www.wakeforestnc.gov/communitycalendar.aspx.