GREENFIELD — Stephanie Garcia was recognized for her community contributions during the Jan. 12 meeting of Greenfield City Council, as Mayor Lance Walker presented her with a certificate of appreciation.
Walker noted Garcia’s many contributions, including park cleanups, numerous hours with Little League, Apple Park committee, Prop 68 committee, Christmas in the Park, toy drives, Greenfield Memorial District and her being chair of the Planning Commission.
“She deserves this recognition … she does a lot for Greenfield,” Walker said. “I only wish we had five or 10 more people like you in our community.”
Garcia thanked the council but added, “It must be shared with all who participated and most of all your incredible staff members.”
Garcia focused on the latest endeavor, the virtual Christmas celebration, which contained multiple aspects, from recorded performances to a parade and virtual tree lighting.
“Although they were all put together on a very short timeline, it was heartening that nearly everyone we reached out to for support and participation didn’t hesitate for one second to either donate financially, agree to volunteer their time or prepare a Christmas performance to record and share with our community,” Garcia said.
Support for the musical performances was one key area Garcia noted of getting help from others. She joked that the duet with City Manager Paul Wood and Walker took years to book, but finally happened for Christmas.
“We have so many talented people in Greenfield and it was beautiful that they were able to participate,” Garcia said of all performers involved. “The caravan was also a great part of this event.”
A snowfall machine was something Garcia noted as being an enjoyable part of the Christmas festivities for the community.
“While this pandemic has put a tremendous damper on so many of our usual family holiday traditions, the spirit of Christmas was definitely present in our beautiful city and every effort was made to do this with everyone’s health and safety in mind,” Garcia said. “Let’s hope Christmas in the Park 2021 can be one of the biggest events in the community to all be there.”