As part of the tradition, the 12th Annual Winter Wonderland festival was officially kick-started by a Saturday morning of festivities. The Aspac Developments team joined the Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1, 2012 that was attended by MP, MLA, Mayor Councillors and community leaders in the City.
Winter Wonderland is organized by the Richmond Sunset Rotary Club, and proceeds from this year’s event will benefit various programs and initiatives locally and abroad.
Following the speeches by the Hon. Alice Wong, the Hon. John Yap, Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Rotary officials, Ms. Karen Tung of Aspac Developments, and key sponsors, guests were invited to join the Rotary Club members for some Christmas carolling, accompanied by the talented Mayor Brodie on the piano.
The tree lighting ceremony marked the start of the display of 30 beautifully decorated trees supported by local businesses located on the main floor of Richmond City Hall. The public can visit city hall to vote for the “Best Dressed Tree”.
Instead of a traditional Christmas tree, the staff at River Green Story Centre came up with the new “charity within charity” idea of building the tree entirely with canned food. With the support of Save-on-Foods at Terra Nova, more than 2,000 cans have been used; it is the joint effort of seven people to construct the 7½ ft. tall tree in 4½ hours. After the event, all the cans will be donated to the Richmond Food Bank.
Aspac is heavily involved with building communities. As one of Vancouver’s top developers of master-planned communities, Aspac will be building the River Green neighbourhood in Richmond over the next 15 years.