Business Manager Christopher Erikson (center) with local politicians and dignitaries who attended the 2015 holiday lighting ceremony.
On December 3, 2015, Committee members, elected officials, special guests and Electchester cooperators gathered to celebrate the upcoming Holiday season at the annual lighting ceremony that featured our famous tree, Menorah and Kenorah, sponsored by the Electchester Street Fair Committee.
Those in attendance included representatives from the assembly, senate and congress as well as representatives from the Joint Industry Board, Local 3, IBEW and the 107th Precinct. A record number of attendees and good weather contributed to the success of the evening.
Thanks to another successful Street Fair held on June 7, 2015, The Electchester Street Fair Committee was able to fund the evening which included music, apple cider, hot cocoa and cookies for all who attended.
Flushing volunteer ambulance was on hand in case of any emergency, keeping all who attended safe. In addition Local 3 included a coat drive this year and as always NYP Hospital was on hand for anyone wishing to give the gift of life in the spirit of the evening. We are proud to announce that between Local 3 and the Electchester Street Fair and holiday lighting ceremony a record number of blood donations were collected. As always, we extend special thanks to the managers and staff of Electchester, as without their assistance this event could not be the success it was. Once again the snowflakes continued the festive spirit down 161st Street into the center of Electchester to the decorated monument of Harry Van Arsdale Jr, founder of Electchester. The Electchester Boy Scout troop started the evening with a color guard and pledge of allegiance. After comments from special guests and dignitaries, Local 3 Business Manager Christopher Erikson lit the tree to start the holiday season. A surprise visit from Santa Claus brought joy to young and old alike. Only with the continued support of the Annual Street Fair can celebrations like this continue so come out, volunteer and support the Street Fair being planned in 2016.