Snider Plaza Tree Lit For Holiday Season

The Snider Plaza tree is lit for the holiday season.

University Park Mayor Tommy Stewart and McCulloch Intermediate student Bennett Williams, 10, lit the tree Nov. 22, which was livestreamed on the city’s YouTube channel. The broadcast also featured taped performances of holiday songs and entertainment.

Williams was chosen by a panel of Youth Advisory Commission members for the task. The event also featured a drive-through toy drive, according to the city’s website.

Williams was diagnosed with a leukemia called MDS and received a bone marrow transplant a short time later at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, but is now cancer free, according to the post.

 “At only 10 years old, Bennett has proven to be the toughest, bravest, and strongest boy we know after fighting cancer not once, but twice,” Bennett’s mom, Kirsa, shared in a statement posted on the city’s website.

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at rachel.snyder@peoplenewspapers.com

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