Country Christmas Charm Warmed Hearts at Annual Apex PRD TR Holiday Extravaganza

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For the fifth year in a row, participants in the Apex PRD Therapeutic Recreation program brought down the house and kicked off the holidays with their annual music and dance extravaganza on Thursday, December 5 at the Apex Community Recreation Center. Nearly 20 enthusiastic performers had been practicing hard since September, and the results were simply stellar!

They celebrated the season on stage before a capacity crowd of about 250. Temperatures outside were close to zero, but the warmth, energy and charm of “A Country Christmas” would have melted the chilliest snowman in a matter of minutes. The group, dressed in festive cowboy and cowgirl attire, strutted their stuff, sang, danced and performed for about 45 minutes before a delighted crowd of friends, family and fans of the program. The grand finale, “Christmas Shopping Can-Can,” featured the performers dancing through the audience and handing out holiday treats. Even after a standing ovation, the performers had only one thing in mind: wishing everyone a merry Christmas and making sure all the audience members had received a treat.

Julie Hines, TR program coordinator, introduced the evening’s program and thanked the performers for their hard work. She gave a special recognition to volunteer production manager Chris Duncan, who is also a long-time Apex PRD employee, for her dedication and tireless efforts throughout the fall. Chris had help from several more volunteers who are local high school students – as well as inspiration and support from the performers and their families. After the show, the performers and their fans enjoyed refreshments and well-deserved accolades.

This celebration has grown in popularity over the past several years, and this year’s event was a truly heart-warming and joyful evening. Ticket sales benefited the Apex PRD Therapeutic Recreation Program. If you were at the show, many thanks for your support. If not…mark your calendars and don’t miss out next year!

For more information about the Apex PRD Therapeutic Recreation program contact Julie Hines,