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The Horace Mann Bearcat Choir performs outside the Thomas Gaunt House during Northwest's annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony last year. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

The Horace Mann Bearcat Choir performs outside the Thomas Gaunt House during Northwest's annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony last year. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

Nov. 27, 2017

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting set for Nov. 30 at Gaunt House

Local residents are invited to join the Northwest Missouri State University community Thursday, Nov. 30, for the ninth annual Holiday Tree Lighting on the lawn of the Thomas Gaunt House.

The event, hosted by the Jasinski family, begins at 5:15 p.m. Weather permitting, Santa Bobby Bearcat also will welcome guests for photos after the ceremony. Refreshments will be served.

The program will include remarks by Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski, Maryville Mayor Jason McDowell and Jason Hawk on behalf of Campus Ministerial Alliance. The Horace Mann Laboratory School’s Bearcat Choir and The Northwest Spirit and Truth Gospel Choir also will perform.

Additionally, the Jasinski family annually selects a philanthropy in conjunction with the Tree Lighting. This year, the Jasinski family will focus giving efforts on the University’s Pay It Forward Fund and Food Pantry.

Requested items for the food pantry include:

Donors may bring items to Northwest’s Office of University Marketing and Communication, located on the second floor of the Administration Building, now through Nov. 30 or bring donations to the tree lighting.

Community members may find needed items and provide donations to the Food Pantry throughout the year by visiting www.nwmissouri.edu/studentaffairs/foodpantry/.

The historic Gaunt House, located at the south edge of campus, was built during the 1870s and serves as the presidential residence. The home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468