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11/23/2022 General
CP Group Once Again Kicked Off Holiday Season

CP Group Once Again Kicked Off Holiday Season in Boca Raton with an At-Capacity Crowd at its Annual Community Tree Lighting & Holiday Extravaganza

Festivities included a Snowflake Lane Welcome, Photos with Santa and His Live Reindeer, Kids Activities at Santa’s Workshop, LED Cirque Performers, Community Performances, and More Benefitting Junior League of Boca Raton and Spirit of Giving.

BOCA RATON, Fla. (November 18, 2022) – The 2022 holiday season officially kicked off in Boca Raton when CP Group hosted its Annual Community Tree Lighting & Holiday Extravaganza at its Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRiC) for a sold-out crowd of over 800 attendees and community leaders. The lighting of the first Christmas tree and Santa’s first arrival in the City – complete with live reindeer – was free and open to the public, offering an abundance of entertainment and community giveback. As it has for the past seven years, the holiday experience benefited Spirit of Giving’s (SOG) Annual Holiday Gift Drive and the Junior League of Boca Raton’s (JLBR) programs and projects.

Eventgoers entered the former IBM campus through an illuminated “Snowflake Lane” into a spectacular winter wonderful of memory-making fun, festivities, selfie and group photo opportunities, performances, and food.  The festivities included meet-and-greet photo ops with Santa and his Reindeer and Santa's Workshop, which served as a hub for holiday-inspired children’s activities like DIY winter hats led by artNest Studios and letters to Santa organized by Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum.  The on-stage and roaming LED Cirque performers tantalized by balancing high levels of risk, and a Hula Hoop contortionist mesmerized by spinning more than 30 hula hoops and juggling. Interactive Celebrity DJ/Emcee Dennis Michael Stelling, who has opened for John Mayer and others, kept the cheer throughout the evening.

The highlights of the evening were the holiday-themed performances by Boca Raton vocal and dance groups. They included the talents of West Boca Raton Community High School Choir: BELLA VOCE, an auditioned treble ensemble under the direction of Choral Director Catherine Briggs presented with the support of Nat King Cole Generation Hope; Grandview Preparatory School AcaPride and Extensions ensembles under the direction of Carrie Furman; and Organic Movements Dance Studio’s classically trained ballet students presented a sneak peek of the school’s seasonal full production of “Whoville.”

“We are grateful for the hundreds of people who came out to share in the kick-off of the holiday season with a united goal of giving back to our community,” shared Giana Pacinelli, Director of Communications for CP Group, the owner and operator of BRiC. “Each year, we aim to raise the bar on this annual event, and we are proud to have exceeded our fundraising goals this year to support those in our community who need it most.” 

The evening supported Spirit of Giving’s Annual Holiday Gift Drive that will bring holiday cheer to 7,000+ underprivileged children throughout Palm Beach County, and 100% of VIP Tent ticket sales benefited the programs and community outreach of the Junior League of Boca Raton.

Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRiC) is the largest single-facility office building in the state at 1.7 million square feet. Designed by Marcel Breuer, the campus was originally built in 1969 for IBM and is home to the invention of the first personal computer. The campus was acquired by CP Group in 2018 with the vision of building off BRiC's history and evolving the campus into a science and technology hub. An ideal landing spot for companies with large footprints, BRiC is currently home to 18 national headquarters and 19 regional offices, including Kroger, Modernizing Medicine, Canon, and Bluegreen Vacations.

For more information on community events, leasing opportunities, and campus reimagination at BRiC, visit workatbric.com.
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