Grand Marshal

Congratulations Lindsay Greco

2018 Grand Marshal

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Lindsay Greco - 2018 Grand Mashal

Lindsay Greco – 2018 Grand Mashal

Lindsay Greco has been chosen as the 2018 Grand Marshal for the Bend Christmas Parade being held on December 1 st , at noon in downtown Bend. The Parade will start promptly following the Jingle Bell Run.

Lindsay Greco, a resident of Bend since 2013, founded the Christmas Tree Project of Bend in 2014 as one of many ways she gives back to the local community. This project offers the sparkle of the Christmas Holiday by providing fully decorated Christmas Trees to families in need. A tireless group of volunteers work throughout the Holiday Season delivering beautiful trees, ornaments and other home décor items to over 100 families each year. “Some parents tell me that their tree may be the only gift their children will receive during the holidays. Knowing this makes the effort so meaningful,” Lindsay shared.

It was really her personal story and an epiphany, that brought the Christmas Tree Project of Bend to life. A California native of San Diego, she met her husband Domenic there and had two sons. Together they developed and operated treatment centers for children and adults with ADHD and Learning Challenges. When their oldest son Brandon went off to college in Oregon, the family moved to Philadelphia where Domenic grew up. Although their clinical work continued, they soon began developing Brain Training technology licensed from NASA and their younger son Devon joined them in this work.

In 2009, Domenic was diagnosed with ALS; Lou Gehrig’s disease and Lindsay served as his caregiver. It was during this time Lindsay realized that families faced with many difficult situations can struggle during the holidays to do simple things…like decorating a Christmas Tree.

In early 2013, Domenic passed away. Feeling that change was important, Lindsay decided to relocate to Central Oregon to be near her older son, Brandon, his wife, Meadow and two grandchildren, Blake and Avonlea. It was an amazing sign that moving to this beautiful community was meant to be when she learned that the property directly next door to her family was available for sale. Lindsay sincerely felt that a higher power was helping guide the start of her next chapter in life and she bought the home sight unseen.

Now a resident of Central Oregon, she began volunteering and became a Board Member at Bend Community Center which served those in need with food and clothing. In 2017, she assumed the role of Board President and helped the organization through some tumultuous times until it dissolved in March of 2018. Lindsay has also been a member of 100 Plus Women Who Care; a philanthropic group that donates funds to local non-profits in need. In addition to her service to the community, she began working as Manager at Wilson’s of Redmond; a local, family owned furniture retailer.

Through the Christmas Tree Project of Bend, Lindsay is able to share the gift of joy during this time of year. “There’s always something good that can come from any tragedy in life. I realize that giving back to my community by helping people in simple ways, can truly make a difference. And I have only just begun. This organization is able to give families a little bit of Christmas cheer which allows them to use whatever resources they have for food and maybe gifts. And our generous community makes this process so easy– Local tree farms and tree stands donate the trees while most of the decorations and home décor items come from individual donations.”

If you would like to learn more about the Christmas Tree Project of Bend, please visit the website at www.christmastreeprojectofbend.org. To make a financial donation or decorations, please call Lindsay at 541-669-8200. Decorations can also be dropped off at her oldest son’s business, B&B Auto Works in Redmond.

Lindsay’s youngest son, Devon continues to live in Philadelphia carrying on the work started by his Father many years ago. Lindsay continues to support Devon’s efforts as he has now developed and patented Brain technology for people to use at home to help with Attention and Focus. Future developments include helping those with Alzheimer’s, Brain Injury, Insomnia and many other challenges. These devices will be coming to market very soon.

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For parade information call Ernie Gilpin at 541-388- 3879.

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Dina Barker
Publicist Bend Christmas Parade

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