Marco Island – In 1997, Dave Rice, then the overall Christmas Island Style Chairman, requested Lee County Electric Company (LCEC) to support a new Marco Island event – a contest to honor the top Christmas decorated homes. Since that time, LCEC has annually supported this independent program, now in its 15th year.
Recently LCEC representative, Tricia Dorn presented Dave Rice with this year’s check for $2000.00. Said Dorn, “It is our pleasure to continue financial support of this wonderful annual event. The 1,670 private homes and some 125 businesses that decorated in 2010 are customers of LCEC and we feel that we are not just a sponsoring business, but a real partner in the success of the contest.”
The Island is divided into nine areas with a judging team evaluating every home on every street on Marco. The judging teams rotate to a different zone each season.
This year the Preliminary Judging will be done on Monday and Tuesday, December 12 and 13 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM each night. The Final Judging is scheduled for Friday, December 16 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. Top contenders addresses will be supplied to the media so families and visitors may enjoy the beauty and originality of the decorated homes.
The top ten decorated homes are judged by the Committee from the Marco Island Trolley, also a sponsor since the event started. Each of the top ten receive a plaque. The overall winner receives a cash award of $250.00, a yard sign plus a larger plaque.
Previous winners display their yard sign annually and continue to decorate in the spirit of the season; however they are not eligible to win again for a five year period.
The committee members include: Dottie Weiner, Jeanne Rice, Bob Boland, Donna and Jim Rohrbach, Debbie and Marty Roddy, Paula and Richard Robinson, Judy and Larry Sacher, Dr. Jerry Swiacki, Linda Turner, Diane and Ken Honecker, Susan and Ken Kubat, Nancy and Joe Carrington, Carla and Mike Mickes, Ann and Dick Niess and Liz and Bill Doyle.
Stated Rice “The committee makeup is superb. Since all are long standing members, their experience and passion to serve, makes the event what it is.”