For Immediate Release
November 3, 2020
2020 Christmas Tree Delivered to Monument Square for Display During Holiday Season
Tree on display in downtown Troy throughout December, including the Troy Victorian Stroll Season, presented by the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce
50-foot Colorado Blue Spruce donated by McCann family in memory of daughter Kelly
TROY, NY – Mayor Patrick Madden announced the delivery of Troy’s 2020 Christmas Tree to Monument Square in historic downtown Troy. Installed on November 25th, the tree will be on display as “Kelly’s Tree” throughout the holiday season, including during the 2020 Troy Victorian Stroll Season (December 6th – 20th).
Video from the tree’s delivery to Monument Square is available here.
The tree, a 50-foot Colorado Blue Spruce, was donated by the McCann family in memory of their daughter Kellyanne (Kelly) who passed away in January 1991. Planted by the family at their home in Troy’s Hillsview Heights neighborhood on June 13, 1968, on Kelly’s 1st birthday, the tree was decorated every year as part of their Christmas traditions until it grew too large.
Kelly worked in childcare and at the Troy Y.W.C.A., and was remembered for her compassion and dedication to children, especially during the holiday season. The family recalls Kelly saving money throughout the year to purchase presents for local kids, and encourage the public to make a toy donation this December to charities that help less fortunate families.
Mayor Madden said, “Regardless of our respective faiths, traditions, or backgrounds, the holidays are a time for giving thanks and to celebrate family. This year’s tree embodies the spirit of the holiday season and individuals like Kellyann McCann who gave back to their community. Thank you to Robert, Lynn, Kimberly, Kristy, Kathleen, and the entire extended McCann family for their generous donation of this year’s beautiful Christmas Tree. Like their daughter Kelly, this tree will bring joy to children across Troy this winter, and we’re honored to display her tree in community she loved.”
Mayor Madden also extends a special thank you to Constable Tree Service, who donated their time and equipment to cut, prepare, and install this year’s tree, and the City of Troy’s Department of Public Works staff involved with delivering the tree safely to Monument Square.
Located at the intersection of River Street and 2nd Street, residents and visitors can view this year’s tree throughout the month of December when visiting downtown Troy to support local businesses and restaurants, including during the 2020 Victorian Stroll Season presented by the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce.
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John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
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