COMMUNITY WALKS THE TALK FOR SUCCESSFUL INAUGURAL EVENT

James Stewart, President of the DSBIA presents award to Frank Hurt Secondary students and teacher.
James Stewart, President of the DSBIA presents award to Frank Hurt Secondary students and teacher.
Unfazed by gloomy weather, the community of Downtown Surrey came together to support local businesses, charities/non-profits and high school art students on Saturday, November 30, 2013 for the first ever Santa Window Walk.

Participants began their trek at the Quattro Development on the corner of 108 and Whalley Boulevard, where the Surrey Hospice Society offered hot chocolate beside their window painted by Fleetwood Secondary. Highlights include the unmistakable tunes of an organ grinder energizing Roath’s Pawn Shop window location representing the Whalley Scouts and painted by Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary. The warm sounds of Trinidad and Tobago’s steel drum rang through the Dell Shopping Centre as the Surrey Christmas Bureau sold homemade cupcakes. The Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation spread holiday cheer with a choir at KFC’s location painted by Guildford Park Secondary, and the Centre for Child Development offered a candy pull at Prospera Credit Union. The Santa Window Walk wound down for prize draws as a saxophone and keyboard duo serenaded the lobby.

Over $800 was raised through the Santa Window Walk for a variety of charities involved.

The Surrey Christmas Bureau received the highest amount of donations and won the Charity Collection award, allowing the Sullivan Heights Secondary students to take home the prize for Artists of Charity Collection. The panel of judges voted Jiffy Cleaner’s window representing the Surrey Fire Fighters’ Charitable Society – Local 1271 and painted by Frank Hurt Secondary for Best Window.

Runner-ups include Round-up Café representing Kinsmen Lodge painted by students from Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary for the Charity Collection award, and Whalley Optical representing KidSport also painted by Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary students for Best Window as voted by the panel of judges.

Prizes and certificates for winners and runner-ups were presented at the Downtown Surrey BIA Seasonal Event that took place at the Surrey Christmas Bureau Toy Depot at 10636 King George Boulevard on Thursday, December 12th from 8 – 9:30 AM.

The Downtown Surrey BIA thanks all participating businesses, charities/non-profits, students and especially the community for supporting the inaugural Santa Window Walk event.

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