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Tacachale Prepares for the Holidays

GAINESVILLE, FL—Tacachale Center in Gainesville is hosting two community events to celebrate the Holidays. Tacachale is located at 1621 Northeast Waldo Road and is home to 417 people with developmental disabilities.  On December 6, the center will host its annual Holiday Parade beginning at 10 a.m. School bands, ROTC units, law enforcement agencies, antique cars, floats and Santa will ride through the Tacachale campus.

On December 11, Tacachale will host its 29th annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The tree lighting ceremony is a festive event with tree trimming and holiday songs. There is a strong chance that Santa Claus may make a surprise appearance. The festivities are free and open to the public. Community members are encouraged to attend and participate in the fun activities including some tree trimming. David Snyder of WCJB-TV 20 will serve as this year’s Master of Ceremonies.  Father Roland Julien from St. Patrick Catholic Church will provide the invocation. Performers include the Duval Elementary Choir and the Tacachale Carolers.

Additionally, the generosity of the Gainesville community is sought to help meet the Holiday wish list of Tacachale residents. Tax deductible donations can be made to

Tacachale Christmas 2013 and mailed to:

Tacachale Volunteer Services
1621 NE Waldo Road
Gainesville, FL  32609

For more information about the tree lighting ceremony activities, contact Cindy Boyd at (352) 955-5829 or cindy.boyd@apdcares.org. For details about the parade or donations, contact Rosa Williams at (352) 955-5958 or rosa.williams@apdcares.org.

Tacachale is operated by the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). APD annually serves more than 50,000 Floridians with the developmental disabilities of autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, spina bifida, and Prader-Willi syndrome. For more information on iBudget Florida, visit iBudgetFlorida.org. To learn more about the agency, call 1-866-APD-CARES (1-866-273-2273) or visit APDcares.org.

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