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Letter: Help Keep Tree Lights On

To the Editor:

I am very pleased to announce that the tree lights on King street will remain on this time of the year next year if we can match the contingency Council led by Del Pepper set aside to use for this purpose. They set aside $13,500. We have to match 1/2 of that by early in March 2014 to keep the lights on through June 2014. That is only $6,750.

I have pledged that I will help raise that money and we have come up with several ways to do it. The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce has agreed to keep the money in their foundation C3 fund. Old Town Business and Professional Association has endorsed this campaign. All of the City is hoping that we can do this.

I have several verbal commitments already such as from Frank Fannon; Juan Remirez, director of Revenue Management from the Hilton; George Seghers from the Masonic Memorial; Ann Doorman; Andrew Palmerie, and now Lynn Hampton. Others who are expecting this letter have already given me positive acknowledgements as well.

Please make your check out to The Alexandria Chamber Foundation Inc. and mark it for the Spring lights 2014. I will keep track of all the money as it comes in so I can make a public statement available through The Alexandria Gazette as they have agreed to do so for this fund drive.

Please send your checks to me C/O Gold Works Inc., 1400 King St., Alexandria VA 22314 and I will see that they are deposited with the Chamber immediately. If this is not raised, the lights will be turned off as they are now on March 31 in 2014. Let us add your name to this growing list.

David Martin

Alexandria