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AMELIA ISLAND, FLA. (October 31, 2016) Guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island and area residents will gather on Wednesday, November 23 for the 20th Annual Tree Lighting benefiting The McArthur Family YMCA. The Amelia Island Chamber Festival Brass Quintet, Nassau County Boys and Girls Club and The Royal Amelia Dance Academy will provide entertainment for the evening. WJXT Morning Anchor Bruce Hamilton will serve as the Master of Ceremonies assisted by hotel General Manager James E. McManemon and State Senator Aaron Bean. Santa will lead the count down to the tree lighting and the evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks show.

The hotel’s Community Footprint program hosts the annual event to raise funds for the McArthur Family YMCA’s Financial Assistance Program. Last year the event raised over $8,000 that was used for summer programming dedicated to preventing “summer brain drain.” To make a donation to the YMCA call 904-261-1080.  For information on holiday activities at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island call 904-277-1100 or visit