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Thank You Community for the 8th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival 2015

Our sincerest thanks go to the following local businesses, non-profits and residents, who have graciously donated funds and time to the 8th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival. It is because of their generosity that we are able to provide FREE entertainment throughout the festival weekend.  Please show your appreciation by shopping LOCAL and supporting our community.

Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines/Mike Krahe
, A Couple of Green Thumbs
,  Alberto Ristorante,  
American Federal Rare Coin & Bullion
 Anozira, Manny & Peggy Gonzales
Area Disposal, Frank & Arlene Guerrero
, Arizona Territorial Antiques, 
A-Team Home Health Care
, August Reno Architects, 
AZ Wines, Ray Klemp
Bags & Rags
Baluchi, Rug
Baroni Fashion, Tailoring, and Tuxedo
Barro's Pizza, 
Beauty & Bliss Salon, 
Bella Cane Luxury Dog Boutique, 
Bertam Signs & Graphics
,Bob Parks Gallery, 
Bodega 13, 
Bosco's Biscuits, 
Boulders Resort & Spa, 
Brix Wines, 
Butte Properties
, Cactus Shadows High School Key Club, Cactus Shadows High School DECA Club, Cactus Flower, 
Cafe Bink
, Carefree Bistro, 
Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce 
Carefree Christmas Festival Committee, 
Carefree Coffee Roastery
, Carefree Market Place
, Carefree Outdoor Living, 
Carefree Public Works Dept., 
Carefree Resort & Conference Center., Carefree Shell Gas Station, 
Carefree Town Staff
, Carefree Truth/Lyn & Herbert Hitchon
, Chris Mellon & Company
, CITYSunTimes, 
Clark's Pharmacy
, John Crane 
Custom Eyes
, Dental Studio 101
, Desert Foothills Medical Center, Easy Street “A Distinguished Carefree Lifestyle”
Easy Street Galleria, 
Easy Street Shoe and Watch Repair, 
Eco Blu Pools
, English Rose Tea Room, 
Mike Farrar
Fenwick Investments, 
Foothills Animal Rescue, 
Fresh Vitamins
, Bob and Joanilynn Gearhart,  
Giordano's Trattoria Romana
, G.M. Zimmerman-Architect
, Graham Surveying & Engineering, 
Guido Garcia's Ristorante/Cantina, 
Images AZ Magazine, 
It's a Nail Thing
, Jane Ceasor -  Ceasor Insurance Consultants, Keystone Homes, Kendrick Wealth Management Group, 
Kiwanis Club of Carefree, 
Let There Be Light, 
Liberty Utilities 
The Little Barber Shop, 
Magic Bird Festivals, Manship Builders, 
Glenn and Michelle Miller
, My Sweet Blessings Bakery, 
Native American Gallery, 
National Bank of Arizona,  
Gary and Amy Niess, 
Old West Guns & Trading Co.
, Gene and Victoria Orrico, 
Ortega's Turquoise Trails
, Palm Desert Realty, 
Les and Mary Peterson, 
Proven Media
, Melissa Price
Revital-AZ Laser & Med Spa
, Rural/Metro Ambulance & Fire Dept
, Sanderson Lincoln
, Scottsdale Bead Supply
, Shelby Wilson-Architect
, Sherman & Howard, 
Southwest Gas
, State Farm Insurance, Bill Mulliniks
, Sticks Cigar Lounge
, Storyteller Indian Store
Studio,  C...a beauty lounge
Sue Bickerdyke, Interiors
Sundial Cafe
, Sunstate Equipment Co.
Tech 4 Life
, Technically Integrated, Toby Payne
T's Construction, 
Thomas Custom Jewelers
, Tobias Automotive, 
Toll Bothers, 
Nancy Totten, Realty Executives
, Town of Carefree , Tyler Green, Architect
, The UPS Store-Carefree, Cave Creek, Scottsdale 
Veitch Media
, Venues Cafe
, Victor Gelbron, Walmart
,Wild Holly Gallery
, Yahn's Jewelry.

THANK YOU to all those who
provided entertainment over the
3 day event:

Adage Dance Studio
Arizona Ice Man
Arizona Renaissance Festival
AZ Bounce House
AZ Dance Artistry
AZ Dance Group
Birkett Entertainment, DJ Robin Sherman
Desert Foothills Theater
Desert Hills Presbyterian Church
Emcee – Kevin Glenn
Foothills Animal Rescue
Footz the Clown
KC Classic Carriage Rides
Kelso Brothers Quintet
Kevin Glenn & local young singers
Kiddie Caboose
Mrs. Claus & Desert Foothills Library
Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre
Rock the District performers
Salvation Army Band
South West Fireworks
The Desert Cactus Kickers
The Dickens Carolers

A SPECIAL THANKS to the families of our First Responders, who honored us by being our Grand Marshals for the Parade.  

THANK YOU to all our parade entries, despite the rain we still put on a spectacular show, and thanks especially those who worked SO hard on such creative floats this year. THANK YOU to the adults, children and animals that participated in the parade, over a 1,000 of you!  THANK YOU to the Chamber of Commerce and their Marshals, and to Iris Hermosillo Meteorologist  Channel 15, Patrick Jones Chairman of the Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce, Rich Dahlquist Meteorologist Channel 3, Noah Kendrick with Kendrick Wealth Management Group, Paul Horton Meteorologist Channel 5, Michael Kennelly and Mark Watters with UPS were all fabulous emcees for the Parade and special thanks to Kevin Glenn for emceeing the entertainment during the entire Carefree Christmas Festival weekend.

MAYOR’S AWARD  “Most Original Float”   
Foothills Animal Rescue
DIRECTORS’ AWARD “Most Creative Float
Annunciation Catholic School
AMBASSADORS’ AWARD “Best Use of Lights”
 Carefree Water Company
PRESIDENT’S AWARD “Best Overall Float”
Coldwell Banker
Kiwanis Club of Carefree

THANK YOU to the Christmas Festival Committee, we couldn’t have done it without you:  Glenn Miller, Kim Prince, Manny Gonzales, Roberta Toombs Rechlin, Toby Payne, Captain David Bennett, Patty Villeneuve, Jennifer McGirr, Victoria Cowper, Gina Kaegi, Lyn & Herbert Hitchon, Jo Gemmill.

THANK YOU to all the event staff, Kiwanis Key Club members and Cactus Shadows High School DECA Club members who worked so tirelessly over the weekend and volunteers from the MCSO Posse who provided invaluable support and assistance during the Parade. Special thanks too, to Jack Goodrich and Cave Creek Security.

THANK YOU to those businesses who worked with the Festival Committee
including: On the Ball Publishing, Proven Media,  APS Printing, Images AZ Magazine, CITYSun Times, Sonoran News, ABC Channel 15, Channel 12, Channel 3 and CBS Channel 5, Phoenix Magazine, Scottsdale Republic, Arizona Republic and Times Publications.

THANK YOU to all our volunteers and to YOU our wonderful community for once again supporting the Carefree Christmas Festival.

…And finally, a very special THANK YOU to Santa who sat for three days and listened to the Christmas wishes of over 1,000 children. He is asking for a new “lap” top for Christmas!

Merry Christmas, Peace & Goodwill to All.

Mark your calendars
For the 9th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival
December 9th -11th, 2016

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