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Freeman Announces "A Storybook Christmas" Parade Winner

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Left to right, Joplin Humane Society Shelter Manager Lisa Boston, Joplin Humane Society Shelter Services Manager Connie Andrews and Freeman Health System President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker Left to right, Joplin Humane Society Shelter Manager Lisa Boston, Joplin Humane Society Shelter Services Manager Connie Andrews and Freeman Health System President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker
JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

The 44th Annual Joplin Christmas Parade, held December 2, drew cheers from crowds that lined Main Street from Second Street to 20th Street. Some onlookers were heard to comment that it was “the best parade ever.” Chosen from approximately 130 entrants, the winners are:

Best Use of Theme

· Community: Freedom of Flight Museum

· Corporate: Arvest Bank

· Faith Based: Ignite Church

· Equestrian: JOMO Horse Posse

Judges' Choice

· Community: (tie) Joplin Parks and Recreation and Joplin Humane Society

· Corporate: Downstream Casino

· Faith Based: Immanuel Lutheran

Band

· High School Division – First place: Joplin Eagle Pride Marching Band

· High School Division – Second Place: Diamond Wildcat Marching Band

· Middle School Division – First place: Joplin East Middle School Band

· Middle School Division – Second Place: Joplin North Middle School Band

At a news conference held Monday, December 8, Freeman announced that the parade generated $2,400 in revenue from entry fees, which would go to a local charity – Joplin Humane Society. Freeman kicked in an additional $2,600, bringing the total donation to an even $5,000. Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker presented Joplin Humane Society Shelter Manager Lisa Boston with a $5,000 check and thanked the organization for the service it provides to dogs, cats and other animals needing shelter, protection and forever homes.


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