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Nov. 28, 2017MARYVILLE, Mo. |  By: James

Nothwest hosts Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony Thursday

Local residents are invited to join the Northwest Missouri State University community this Thursday for the ninth annual holiday tree lighting at the Thomas Gaunt House. The event, hosted by the Jasinski family, begins at 5:15 p.m., weather permitting.

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

Each year the Jasinski family selects a philanthropy in conjuction with the tree lighting and this year they will focus on giving for the University's "Pay It Forward Fund and Food Pantry." Donors may bring items to Northwest's Office of University Marketing and Communication, located on the second floor of the Administration Building, now through November 30. Or, they may choose to bring donations to the tree lighting.

Community members can find a list of needed items and/or provide monetary gifts to the food pantry throughout the year by visting