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Steve Loftis Named 2011 Jingle Bell Parade Grand Marshal

Grand Haven, Michigan – The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg is pleased to announce that Steve Loftis will lead the parade as this year’s Grand Marshal of the 2011 Jingle Bell Parade as it winds through downtown Grand Haven on Saturday, December 3.

 

Steve was born in Grand Rapids and is one of seven children. He was introduced to the food service industry as a part-time employee when he was 14 years old. His post secondary education at the University of Florida earned him a bachelor’s degree in Journalism.  He worked as a newspaper reporter in California before returning to Grand Rapids as Director of Sales at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.  In 1984, Steve and his wife Carole purchased the Khardomah Lodge in Grand Haven which they owned and operated until 1998.  In 1989 they purchased Snug Harbor restaurant and has since expanded the business portfolio to include DeLite Bar & Grill, The Theatre Bar, the Grand Seafood & Oyster Bar and Jelly’s

 

In his efforts to make Grand Haven even more attractive Steve hosted for 19 years the “Chilly Blues Festival”.  His commitment to the preservation of the Grand Theater condominium property and restaurant pays homage to local history and represents Loftis’ dedication to the future of downtown Grand Haven. The arts are highly visible in each of the venues.  Whether it’s local artists displaying their work or musicians entertaining customers the arts are present. Steve was the driving force behind the creation of Grand Haven’s ArtWalk. Loftis was honored this past May at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner as the 2011 Spirit of Community Award recipient for devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others and demonstrating leadership and initiative in the development of volunteer projects.

 

The 2011 Jingle Bell Parade begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Ottawa County parking lot on Franklin Street on Saturday, December 3 under the direction of Parade Director, Dennis McKee. The parade will continue west down Franklin to Harbor Drive, north on Harbor to Washington Street and will proceed east on Washington to Central Park for the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree and a carol sing with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Salvation Army canteen will be at Central Park serving hot chocolate.

 

Community Shores Bank is the corporate sponsor of the Jingle Bell Parade and lighting of the Christmas tree in Central Park. The Grand Haven Board of Light & Power is the sponsor of the lights and decorations for the Central Park Fountain.  Please contact the Chamber at 616-842-4910 for more information.