BUCKEYE, Ariz. – Of all the holiday events this month in Arizona, one event sleighed the season with their hometown feel and generous giving.
Verrado had its 13th annual Hometown Holidays celebration over the weekend, and people came from all over the valley to join. Kids enjoyed the lights, adults enjoyed the drinks and everyone enjoyed the towns’ tradition of caramel kettle corn.
Every year there are dozens of holiday celebrations throughout the state, but this one is special because a portion of the proceeds from the event goes to support Arizona’s Homeless Youth Connection.
Trisha Madrid, a photographer and Verrado resident for over 12 years, says she’s thankful to have raised her own children in such a close-knit, giving community.
“I started working here in January of 2004 when we opened our doors. So I’ve been here every single Hometown Holidays since inception. I look back and I’m like, ‘Wow, it’s crazy that we got to raise our children in a community like this.’”
At 8 o’clock, friends gathered around the 50 foot tree to watch the lighting. The event also featured cookie decorating stations, a snow area for kids, music entertainment and of course, Santa Claus.
To find out more about Verrado’s “Joy of Giving” charitable efforts, visit Verrado.net.