Christmas in the Park opened this weekend in Cesar Chavez Plaza, with elves, and snow, and a tree that lights up every evening at 5:30. In fact, all that’s missing is the money. Martie DeGutis, who heads the nonprofit that runs Christmas in the Park, warned that this could be the last year that the event is held, if her group cannot come up with $200,000 for Christmas in the Park 2011. She shared this message to the many guests and revelers that showed up for the grand opening: “If everyone who comes through puts a dollar in the bucket, we would be funded.”

With half a million people expected to visit the free event this year, DeGutis believes that there is enough community goodwill to keep a community tradition alive. After all, it’s the Season of Giving.
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