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Annual State Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony
The Department of Developmental Services joined Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and First Lady Anne Brown as they kicked off the holiday season at the 82nd Annual State Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony, on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. on the West Steps of the State Capitol. The event was open to the public.
Angel Valencia-Ceja with Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.,
First Lady Anne Brown & Rose Valencia
at the 2013 Tree Lighting Ceremony
(Photo Credit: Justin Short, Office of the Governor)
Angel Valencia-Ceja, of Vallejo, California, was chosen to help the Governor and First Lady light the tree and hanged a special ornament created by a person with a developmental disability. Angel is 8 years old and receives services from North Bay Regional Center for Hypoplastic left heart syndrome. This is the 31st year that a child with a developmental disability participated in the ceremony.
The tree were decorated with hundreds of 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 non-profit regional centers and decorated with 10,000 ultra-low wattage LED lights.
For more information, please contact Nancy Lungren, Assistant Director for Communications, DDS, at (916) 654-1820
- Governor's Press Release
- DDS' Press Release (PDF)
- Angel Valencia-Ceja Biography (PDF)
- Vallejo sends Angel Valencia-Ceja, 8, to light up Capitol Tree in Sacramento
(Source: Contra Costa Times News)
- Hand-Crafted Ornaments