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Decorating and Lighting of the INSPIRE-ation Christmas Tree and a Free Concert

Thursday, December 20, 2012 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Second Cup Patio 544 Church Street

INSPIRE Awards, in collaboration with the Church Wellesley Village BIA and Second Cup (Church & Wellesley), hosts first annual decorating and lighting of the INSPIRE-ation Christmas Tree. For a small donation, residents, shoppers and patrons are invited to decorate the tree with an ornament containing the name of someone who inspires them. Tree ornaments will be provided. This inspiring Christmas event includes live performances by local artists, including: John Alcorn, Ori Dagan, Annna Gutmanis, Jade Elektra, Vincent Wolfe, Gloria L. Shreve, Michelle Lecce, Bell Jumelles & Johnny B. Goode, Robert Pennant, Markus Guzman, Boyd Kodak and QSB.

A Community Marketplace will be hosted by:, Queerstock, Fife House, People with AIDS Foundation (Friends for Life Bike Rally), Centre for Spanish Speaking People AIDS Prevention Program, and PinkPlayMags & The Pink Pages Directory.

INSPIRE-ation Tree and Lighting generously donated by Home Depot, Gerrard Square.

Founded in 2011, INSPIRE Awards are awarded in six categories. Awards are given for: LGBTQ Person of the Year, Youth of the Year, Inspiring Business of the Year, Community Organization of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, and LUX Award for the arts. The 2013 INSPIRE Awards will be presented on June 1 at Hart House. For more information on INSPIRE Awards, the nomination process, and nomination forms log on to