Downtown Organizers Thank Community for Support of Downtown Holiday Cruise
The City of Jamestown, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, and the Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce thank all the businesses, organizations, and people who helped make the 2020 Downtown Holiday Cruise a success.
Mayor Eddie Sundquist said, “To have an event downtown after a year where so much had to be canceled due to the Pandemic was a fantastic way to kick off the holiday season. I thank our local organizations for stepping up to help make this happen in such a short time period. It’s events like the lighting of the tree and reverse parade that show how much community means in our city.”
JRC Urban Core Director Frank Besse said, “We hope we were able to bring holiday cheer to families with the reverse parade that featured on-street displays by local groups and Santa Claus. We definitely were thrilled with the response from the community.”
The reverse parade included a drop-off point for Toys for Tots. Toys for Tots collected 15 barrels of new, unwrapped toys that were donated by people driving through the reverse parade. People who are interested in donating to Jamestown’s Toys for Tots may visit https://jamestown-ny.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/Default.aspx.
Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce’s Director of Marketing, Communications & Governmental Affairs Sheila Webster said, “It was great to see so many downtown businesses decorated and even see some that were able to stay open during the event. Our hope is that the folks who participated in the downtown cruise come back to do holiday shopping or grab a bite to eat in the coming weeks.”
Webster added that the Chautauqua Chamber of Commerce also has developed a COVID-friendly way for residents to support our local businesses in the county this holiday season with the online shopping page: https://chq.shopwhereilive.com/