As the evening cooled, the joyful sounds of the CSU-Pueblo Chamber Choir entertained students, staff, faculty, alumni and their families.
President Joseph Garcia couldn’t have reserved a more perfect evening for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree. The event began at the OUC patio with hot chocolate and wassail to warm guest as the spirits were lifted by the melodious sounds of the choir. The tree was lit by the countdown of the crowd.
The event then moved into the Hearthwell Lounge and Ballroom where guests enjoyed a holiday feast. Hot turkey and roast beef sandwiches were served along with cheese and crackers, nachos, vegetables and a delicious fruit platter.
Children patiently waited in line to whisper their wishes into Santa’s ear. Nintendo Wii was one of the big items being requested by children. John Cena and Ray Mysterio wrestling figurines along with Hannah Montana CD’s, and clothing were also being requested. The younger boys requested trucks to drive into the dirt, and of course, the younger girls wanted a baby doll to cuddle and love.
Over at the craft corner, children were allowed to create a treat that reflects their holiday dreams. Alas their creation soon disappeared as their hunger overcame their creative desires. There were other creations that survived due to their lack of edibility. They consisted of coloring holiday pictures and making elf hats and ornaments.
During the evening patrons bid on the decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and gift baskets provided by the Classified Staff Council.
The event then concluded with the announcement of the winners of the Christmas tree and wreath contest. The winners were Trisha Macias, first place and Makenzie Tucker, second place in the tree category. Winners in the wreath category were Katie Velarde, first place and Pat Bustamante, second place.
Roy Sonnema, dean of CHASS and Destiny Halpin, auditor were kind enough to be the mystery judges of the contest. The silent auction raised an estimated amount of $700 toward the Classified Employee Scholarship.
This year’s event filled those in attendance with warmth and peace to begin the festive holiday season. Good company, good food and an enjoyable feeling of peace was all provided by the President’s Office to create a lasting holiday memory.