ARC Partners with Cherry Blossom Festival for New Year's Eve

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Updated: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 02:02:11 EST

Macon's International Cherry Blossom Festival is partnering with the Advocacy Resource Center of Macon to produce the New Year's Eve Cherry Blossom Ball Drop.

This free event has become one of the largest year-end celebrations in Georgia and symbolizes the unofficial start of the forthcoming International Cherry Blossom Festival.

The Cherry Blossom Ball Drop was named among the "Wackiest New Year's Eve Ball Drops" from Huffington Post. Last year's celebration drew more than 4,000 people to Cherry Street Plaza in downtown Macon to ring in the New Year with fireworks, refreshments, free activities for kids, and of course, the Cherry Blossom Ball. 

The partnership unites two annual activities in the Cherry Street Plaza. The ARC's annual fundraiser The New Year's Eve Big Bash will be in its fifth year at the Terminal Station. The Big Bash is a ticketed event and all proceeds directly benefit the mission of ARC. 

"We're honored to be partners on this event with The ARC Macon, one of the many organizations in the area who make a difference in the lives of Middle Georgians on a daily basis," said Jake Ferro, President/CEO of the Cherry Blossom Festival.

"Working with Andy Harrell, The ARC Macon Chief Administrative Officer, his Board of Directors, and his staff has been a real pleasure for the CBF team," Ferro said. "George McCanless, President of United Way of Central Georgia and past CBF Board Chairman brought this idea to our attention and we thank him for that.  I'm certain we will be celebrating many successes as we ring in each New Year."

"The New Year's Eve Cherry Blossom Ball Drop is one of the largest New Year's celebrations in Georgia and one of the many free admission events the Festival offers to the public," said Festival Business Manager Sean Pritchard. "Partnering with The ARC Macon to promote their mission is just another way that we can give back to the community that supports our Festival.” 

For more information on the Big Bash, visit The 2013 Big Bash features entertainment from The Grapevine, as well as an auction and more.

The  Cherry Blossom Ball Drop event will feature a variety of free children’s activities from 7 pm to 9 pm, with a special fireworks preview at 9 pm. 

"The early portion of the event allows families with young children the opportunity to participate in the magic of New Year's Eve without any missed bed times", said Pritchard. "The CBF strives to produce events that are family friendly and we’re thrilled with the response from last year."

Once the early fireworks show is over, patrons can expect a one-of-a-kind celebration that includes music, dancing, refreshments, and more. Shortly before midnight, the crowd will count down to the New Year as the Cherry Blossom Ball drops and the event is capped off with a firework finale!


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