The RP Funding Center is hosting its 2nd Annual City of Lakeland Holiday Tree Decorating Contest benefiting United Way of Central Florida!
Last year, with only city departments participating, 14 trees lined the halls of the RP Funding Center, adding holiday cheer while also creating unity. The competition was close but Lakeland Linder International Airport came out on top as the 1st place winner. Last year the City of Lakeland raised $92,080.44 for United Way of Central Florida.
This year, the RP Funding Center is extending an invitation to other businesses and organizations to become a part of this new tradition. This provides companies an opportunity to show their creativity, promote their brand and raise money for the United Way in a unique way.
The contest will take place at the RP Funding Center from November 20 thru December 31. Public welcome to view the trees in our corridors and vote during RPFC business hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Participation deadline is October 15, 2020 and the entry fee is $250.
Community Kickoff Event November 20 at 6pm to 8pm with United Way President and City of Lakeland Deputy City Manager(s) and Employees.
This event will have a story time with readings by United Way President Christina Criser Jackson and Deputy City Manager Shawn Sherrouse, coloring station, hot chocolate bar, reindeer food station, social distance photos with Santa, and more. Children will be able to write letters to Santa and mail them in our special mailbox. Santa will respond to each letter via email.
The fun doesn’t stop there! There will be weekly Monday Story Time from 10am-10:30am hosted by the following City of Lakeland Staff:
Nov. 23- Brielle Sharrett from Lakeland Public Library
Nov. 30 – Commissioner Chad McLeod
Dec. 7 – Fire Chief Douglas Riley
Dec. 14 – Commissioner Phillip Walker
Dec. 21 – Mayor Bill Mutz
We are PROUD to have partnered with the following businesses & organizations:
- Levy Restaurants
- Visit Central Florida
- Springhill Suites Lakeland
- Florida Southern College
- Junior League of Greater Lakeland FL
- Lakeland Volunteers In Medicine
- Lakeland Hotel & Motel Association
- 1916 Irish Pub
If you are interested in being a partner and decorating a tree, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 863.834.8137