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Annual State Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
The Department of Developmental Services joins Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and First Lady Anne Gust Brown as they kick off the holiday season at the 83rd Annual State Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. on the West Steps of the State Capitol. The event is open to the public.
Kimie Metcalf of Chino, California, was chosen to help the Governor and First Lady light the tree and hang a special ornament created by a person with a developmental disability. Kimie is 8 years old and receives services from Inland Regional Center. This is the 32nd year that a child with a developmental disability will participate in the ceremony. The tree is decorated with 10,000 ultra-low wattage LED lights and 900 hand-crafted festive ornaments made by children and adults with developmental disabilities who receive supports and services from the state's developmental centers and 21 nonprofit regional centers.
For more information, please contact Nancy Lungren, Assistant Director for Communications at DDS, at (916) 654-1820 or cell phone (916) 616-8265.
- Governor's Press Release
- DDS' Press Release (PDF)
- Kimie Metcalf Biography (PDF)
- Hand-Crafted Ornaments
(Courtesy of Alan Short Center South)