Tree to be lit up tonight
By Paige Fox
Tonights 22nd annual tree lighting will include
a gift drive to benefit less fortunate children. It
will also carry on a campus holiday tradition.
Presents for underprivileged children will be collected
during the 22nd annual holiday tree lighting at 9 p.m.
tonight on the Sadler Hall lawn, an Order of Omega spokeswoman
of Omega, TCUs Greek Honor Society, passed out
wish cards for children who wouldnt ordinarily
receive presents. The gifts will be passed down a human
chain to Bank One representatives for The Spirit
of Christmas program. Bank One will give the presents
to Child Protective Services caseworkers to deliver
year we strive to have a lot of people come and a lot
of people bring gifts, said Jenny Specht, Order
of Omegas vice president of programming.
year Order of Omega collected 600 gifts. This year they
hope to receive 700 to 800.
a really nice opportunity to be able to share what we
have with people who dont have as much,
said Elizabeth Crawford, a junior English major who
has participated in the program before.
Michael Ferrari said the event, a campus tradition,
represents a time of giving to those less fortunate
in the city and it is one of those special opportunities
for TCU students to reach out to children as well as
to one another. Ferrari added he enjoys the ride with
Santa and Mrs. Claus.
always enjoy participating in this moving and meaningful
ceremony, Ferrari said. Since
this is my last holiday tree lighting involvement, Im
sure it will be even more memorable for me.A horse
drawn carriage will deliver Ferrari, his wife, Santa
Claus and Mrs. Claus to the event. People in attendance
can light a candle during the Christmas carol Silent
Night while Ferrari lights the 20-foot tree.
is set to address the importance of different faiths
coming together to express our shared hopes for
peace, especially in this time of uncertainty across
Junior Panhellenic will announce the winners of the
Light the Campus contest after children
tour and judge holiday decorations on residence halls.
Hot chocolate will be provided as the Focus Band from
Christ Chapel Bible Church leads the crowd in Christmas
the end of the event, seniors will recite the poem The
Night Before Finals.