Visitors Bureau to Coordinate Emergency Efforts for Christmas Crossing
Historical Re-enactment Must Go On!
(Bensalem, PA) The Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau (BCCVB) is working tirelessly to save the time-honored Christmas re-enactment with the assistance of State Rep. Scott Petri, R-178, and local community members. The BCCVB has been a long front-line supporter of Washington Crossing Historic Park and understands the importance of its status as a historical treasure and its economic position for the county and regions’ tourism industry. In light of recent budget cuts which have been in excess of 40%, the park is in danger of canceling the tradition of the Annual Christmas Day Re-enactment of Washington and his troops crossing the Delaware. We believe strongly that now is the time to move forward and take action on this long standing Bucks County custom to ensure its continuance.
The BCCVB is studying the opportunity to become the official licensee of the Re-enactment to oversee the coordination of this historic event. Traditionally, an estimated 10,000 people come out to partake in this event with a record number of 12,000 on-lookers last year!
“When financial budgets are provided to us by the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission (PHMC) we will do everything in our power to mobilize our resources both financially and timely to see that this significant event is a success,” stated Bill Haas, Vice President of the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors.
Throughout the recent budget dilemma facing the PHMC, Jerry Lepping, Executive Director of the Bucks County Visitors Bureau, has been very attentive and aware of the situation by meeting with their Executive Director, Barbara Franco, to discuss the future of Washington Crossing Historic Park on numerous occasions.
“We are looking forward to continually working with State Rep. Petri, PHMC and Upper Makefield Township officials to prevent this beloved tradition from facing its final day due to economic shortfalls,” stated Jerry Lepping, Executive Director of Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau.
A non-profit group, “Friends of Washington Crossing”, is being formulated with the support of the BCCVB to pursue and create fundraising and volunteer opportunities.
In conjunction with this support, the Bucks County Visitors Bureau has also rolled out a new logo this year showcasing the image that commemorates Washington crossing the Delaware. This logo showcases the historical significance to residents and visitors of our county as well as demonstrating our commitment to the park and its notable contributions to our region. (Logo Attached)
The BCCVB is thankful that the PHMC, spearheaded by Barbara Franco, have been very proactive with helping all interested parties with the coordination of the re-enactment.
For anyone interested in volunteering or contributing to this event, please contact Georgia at the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau at 215 639 0300 x 0. The website, www.friendsofwashingtoncrossing.com will be up and running shortly to accept donations.
Contact: Michelle Greco, Public Relations Manager
Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau
215 639 0300 x 231
About the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau (BCCVB)
The mission of the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, Inc. is to increase visitation to Bucks County, Pennsylvania by effectively marketing its heritage, accommodations and attractions. For more information call (215) 639-0300, visit www.VisitBucksCounty.com or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to Philadelphia Park Casino and Racetrack). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.