GRYP to light midwest’s largest solar-powered Christmas tree

FLINT — On Dec. 14, the Genesee Regional Young Professionals (GRYP), a committee of the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce will light up the night in downtown Flint with a Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony.

The event will take place during the Flint Art Walk at 7 p.m. with Flint Mayor Dayne Walling assisting with the tree lighting. The holiday tree, which is the largest solarpowered tree in the Midwest, is located on the lawn of the Wade Trim building at the corner of Second and Saginaw Streets.

According to Steve Flynn, Director of Member Services for the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce the tree lighting is one of many ways GRYP engages young professionals in the region.

“The sense of community that GRYP creates provides a vehicle for young professionals in the region to give back to the community,” said Flynn. “The GRYP tree lighting has become a holiday tradition and provides a great kickoff to the season.”

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is the exclusive sponsor of the 2012 tree lighting. The ceremony was made possible by local businesses, including Trim Pines Farms’ tree donation, Mid Michigan Solar’s donation of solar power and the assistance of Evans Equipment.

GRYP will also make a $2,000 donation to Priority Children as part of the ceremony.

Steven Barber, GRYP Advisory Board member says the committee is honored to bring such a great landmark to Flint.

“The solar-powered tree not only beautifies the community, but also serves as the catalyst for the greening of the region,” said Barber.

Details: Call 810-845-0259. — G.G.

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