CITC’s Family Holiday Celebration Spreads Joy and Community Spirit

The giving spirit of CITC and CIRI employees makes this event possible.

CITC recently hosted its annual Family Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 2, bringing together families and individuals for a day filled with food, festive activities, and giving. The event, held in the Nat’uh Service Center lobby, was a heartwarming success, brightening the Christmas season for nearly 500 attendees, including children and Elders.

The Nat’uh lobby was transformed into a hub of holiday cheer, with tables adorned with craft projects and cookie decorating stations, creating a lively atmosphere for families, children, and CITC staff alike. The celebration featured a variety of activities, including a cake walk organized by CITC Lead Cultural Advisor Ann Lawrence, face painting, and a station where kids could “fish” for reindeer antlers and Santa hats. Outside, real reindeer awaited, adding an extra touch of magic to the festivities.

A special performance by the Ilaku Dance Group entertained the crowd. Attendees also had the chance to capture memorable moments in a photo booth with Santa and take home family photos printed on-site.

Thanks to the generosity of CITC staff and other donors, hundreds of children’s and young adult books were distributed.

What makes the Family Holiday Celebration possible is the giving spirit of CITC and CIRI employees. Staff members not only volunteered their time at the event but also participated in a friendly fundraising competition among departments. This year, more than 60 staff members donated over $6,000 to ensure the success of the celebration, demonstrating a commitment to community and shared traditions.

The leadership of both CITC and CIRI plays a vital role in supporting the event through their annual board giving campaign. CIRI matches all funds donated by its board members, emphasizing the collective commitment to making the Family Holiday Celebration a memorable tradition.

“The Family Holiday Celebration is a cherished tradition that CITC has hosted for more than 28 years,” emphasized CITC Senior Director of Development Kelly Hurd. “It is a time for us to come together and celebrate each other, our community, and our traditions. Our staff look forward to this every year and donate their time and money to help make this event so special.”

CITC’s Family Holiday Celebration not only brings joy to the holiday season but also exemplifies the power of community, generosity, and tradition. We look forward to celebrating with everyone again next year for our 29th year of bringing holiday joy to our community!