Thea Pagel is the Managing Director of the Event Marketing department. In this capacity, she is responsible for driving NYSE Euronext's in-...
Here at the New York Stock Exchange we have many deeply honored traditions, some of them dating back to the early 1800’s. December 6th marks one of our most favorite traditions, the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Our 88th Annual Tree Lighting this year is entitled Expanding Borders-Spreading Holiday Cheer.
I recognize as the world around us changes, I need to adjust with it. The holidays are a time when I do my best to forget my personal struggles and be grateful for what I have. As the new Managing Director of Events, I have taken great joy in being a part of the holiday reception for the Exchange staff and also in continuing the time honored tradition of the tree lighting ceremony. Our amazing team – media, broadcast, marketing, facilities, security, etc. - along with our listed company ConAgra Foods (NYSE:CAG) all jumped in to help us spread holiday cheer. ConAgra Foods was thrilled to be included and even offered up cups of Swiss Miss with dollops of Reddi-Wip for our employees and patrons of our celebration.
Our musical tradition this year is an eclectic Christmas choral starting for all who pass by to enjoy. With over 900 events a year at the Exchange, this event is just one of many. However, I am excited to be amongst such a good group of people and within an organization that values both people and relationships.
These great performers help us celebrate the joy of the season. I support them as they share their gifts to the community..
88th Annual NYSE Tree Lighting Schedule:
2:00 p.m. Monsignor Donovan – New Jersey High School Choir
2:10 p.m. Lucia Cuttone (NYSE Floor Broker)
2:20 p.m. Ben Willis (Director of Floor Operations, Sunrise Securities)
2:30 p.m. Jenna Rose & Backup Dancers
2:40 p.m. Vanessa Ferguson (Contemporary R & B)
3:00 p.m. The Living Room Girls (Pop Artists)
3:10 p.m. Taleesha Janine Scott (Soprano Soloist)
3:20 p.m. Victoria Cuomo
3:30 p.m. Maurice Brown (highly acclaimed bop inflected jazz artist)
3:45 p.m. Aaron Carter star of The Fantasticks
4:05 p.m. Priscilla Queen of the Desert (THREE DIVAS)
4:25 p.m. Anna Maria Perez de Tagle (star of Godspell)
4:40 p.m. North Meets South (Joie Sherman Johnson of the NYSE Euronext DC office & John Johnson)
5:00 p.m. Belinda Munro – Ceremony host.