Nov 30, 2016 — Dear Friends,
Great News! Thanks in large part to YOUR support, we have arranged to have a replacement tree on Camelback by Saturday morning! This could not have happened without your wonderful support for this happy and unique Arizona tradition. Currently, nearly 1,200 signed this online petition and still counting and many helped in other various ways. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! We would like to particularly thank Mark from the City of Phoenix (he asked that we not use his last name) for facilitating change in this matter.
The Parks Department has promised NOT to remove the replacement tree and repeatedly insisted they only removed the tree parts after the tree was discovered cut in half early Saturday. We do not believe this was any sort of a hate crime on account of the symbols of various religions we included on the top of tree to make it inclusive and respectful of all faiths. In the event that the Grinch tries to ruin everyone's holiday by vandalizing the new tree, don't worry, we will carry up another replacement - as many times as we must! ;-)
Please help us and the Phoenix Parks & Rec. team do our part, if you see broken ornaments, candy cane wrappers, or other trash of any sort on the mountain, please pick it up so we can all enjoy this tradition for years to come. Remember to bring a non-fragile (ABSOLUTELY NO GLASS) ornament and extra water to feed the tree..!! The mission is always to leave the world better than the way we found it!!
We hope you have a happy and healthy holiday season. We look forward to seeing you by the tree. Furthermore, Camelback Santa will be up every weekend in December and December 21 through Christmas day from about 8am-2pm (weather pending) handing out candy canes and posing for pictures. And one more big THANKS to The Beverly on Main in Old Town Scottsdale for their generosity!!
Max Dembow, Joel Borch & The Beverly, Jeffrey Franks, & Camelback Santa
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