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Pilot Club with Santa
Every year, the Pilot Club of Marion receives donations for the lights on the Christmas tree in front of the McDowell County Courthouse. The donations are made to the Pilot Club in memory or honor of a loved one. And every year, the club holds a tree-lighting ceremony in downtown Marion. This year’s event was held as part of the Melodies on Main celebration. Here members of the Pilot Club stand behind Santa and Mrs. Claus at the City Stage shortly before the tree-lighting ceremony. The members are (from left) Kathy Greene, Samantha Parrow, Brenda McKinney, Beth Toney, President Karin Conley, Patti Holda, Vangie Hollifield, Denise Stamey and Sharon Godfrey. The members unavailable for photo were Gail Miller and Gail Rivera.