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

Nov. 15, 2018

Annual Holiday Tree Lighting set for Nov. 29 at Gaunt House

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Local residents are invited to join the Northwest Missouri State University community Thursday, Nov. 29, for the 10th 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 Provost Dr. Jamie Hooyman, Maryville Mayor Rachael Martin, Dr. Travis Dimmitt on behalf of the Campus Ministerial Alliance, and songs performed by the Horace Mann Bearcat Choir and the Maryville High School Illumination show choir.

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 Bearcat Food Pantry.

Requested items for the food pantry include:

  • protein items, such as peanut butter, canned chicken or canned tuna
  • fruit items such as fruit cups, canned fruit, jelly or jam
  • grain items, including cereal, oatmeal, pasta, cereal bars, granola bars, pancake mix (complete preferred) and syrup
  • complete meals and mixes, including spaghetti sauce, chicken and tuna helpers
  • non-perishable crackers, fruit snacks, nuts, chips, cookies
  • can openers
  • personal hygiene items, including toilet paper, facial tissue and toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, tampons and razors

Donors may bring items to Northwest’s Office of University Marketing and Communication, located on the second floor of the Administration Building Nov. 26-29 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