On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, the Texas Tropical Trail Region will hold its 99th monthly Partner Event in Hidalgo, Hidalgo County, Texas, and you are invited to join us.
The majority of our day in Hidalgo will be devoted to the holiday season and Hidalgo’s annual “Festival of Lights” celebration. We’ll also learn about the importance of Winter Texans to the Valley economy.
If you are interested in joining us, you must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, December 13, and specify if you will be having lunch with us.
Festival of Lights
Twenty years ago, the City of Hidalgo community leaders came together at a Chamber of Commerce Retreat to discuss their vision and mission for the community. The discussion focused on finding a way to stand out from the larger nearby cities in the Valley and to give people a reason to come to Hidalgo. The community wanted to give vehicles traveling through Hidalgo a reason to stop, visit, shop and enjoy.
Over the years, Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights has grown into a spectacular holiday festival with more than 3 million lights and over 500 custom designed displays and an attendance of more than 780,000.
Kristi Collier/Welcome Home Rio Grande Valley
Kristi Collier, a McAllen native, founded Welcome Home, Rio Grande Valley in February 2008. This unique tourism marketing organization is the go-to source for information, events, resources and more to the 140,000+ Winter Texans that call the Rio Grande Valley their home away from home.
Retirees, or more specifically Winter Texans, have learned to count on Welcome Home RGV to connect them with their Welcome Home RGV’s members’ products and services not simply through their directory, website, e-newsletters and seasonal monthly magazine but also through the many events and networking opportunities facilitated by Welcome Home RGV.
The day will begin at 10 am with refreshments and a welcome at the State Farm Arena located at 2600 N. 10th Street/Hwy 336 in Hidalgo. We will be in the VIP Room/Lounge of the Arena.
After a short program on the history of Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights, we’ll board the trolley in front of the State Farm Arena to take us on a “behind the scenes” tour of the festival event.
The trolley will return us to the Arena for lunch, our educational programs and business meeting.
To celebrate the holiday season, we will enjoy a complimentary lunch at the Arena provided by our sponsors.
Educational Programs will include presentations on “The Impact of Winter Texans in the Rio Grande Valley” by Kristi Collier, President/CEO of Welcome Home, Rio Grande Valley and “Why Special Events are Important to Your Community” by Kay Wolf, Assistant City Manager of Hidalgo.
Special thanks to Kay Wolf for her help in planning this day.
Our hosts/sponsors for this day in Hidalgo are the City of Hidalgo, Hidalgo Festival of Lights, Borderfest and the State Farm Arena.
10:00 – 10:30 am – Welcome and Refreshments – VIP Room/Lounge of State Farm Arena, 2600 N. 10th Street/Hwy 336, Hidalgo
10:30 – 11:00 am – Overview of Hidalgo’s Festival of Lights, including history and a brief video – Kay Wolf, Hidalgo City Manager – VIP Room/Lounge of State Farm Arena
11:00 – 12 noon – Behind-the-scenes trolley tour of “Festival of Lights”
12 noon – 1:00 pm – Complimentary lunch – VIP Room/Lounge of State Farm Arena
Attendee introductions and community updates will be made at approximately 12:30 pm.
1:00 – 1:30 pm – Educational Program – “The Impact of Winter Texans in the Rio Grande Valley” by Kristi Collier, President/CEO of Welcome Home, Rio Grande Valley – VIP Room/Lounge of State Farm Arena
1:30 – 2:00 pm – Educational Program – “Why Special Events are Important to Your Community” by Kay Wolf, Assistant City Manager of Hidalgo – VIP Room/Lounge of State Farm Arena
2:00 – 3:30 pm – Texas Tropical Trail Region board of directors meeting (the public is welcome to attend) – VIP Room/Lounge at State Farm Arena
You must RSVP if you plan to attend this event.
If you are able to join us, please RSVP to email@example.com as soon as possible but no later than Friday, December 13. Please specify if you will be having lunch with us.
There is no fee or membership required to participate in this event.
You are welcome to share this invitation with your friends and colleagues but please let them know that an RSVP is required.
A map and directions to State Farm Arena will be sent to you when you RSVP.
Board Secretary, Texas Tropical Trail Region