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York Entertainment Society - ABOUT US

Chris and Kathy Holbert

Beginnings

The York Christmas Parade has long been a staple of the Christmas season in York, SC. In 2018, the York Chamber of Commerce passed the production of the Christmas Parade to the Downtown Business Association. Under the leadership of Chris and Kathy Holbert, owners of The Divine Horse,  the parade was recognized as a huge success and the City of York asked Chris and Kathy to continue to produce this annual event.  




Partnerships

Early in 2019, Leslie Mace, co-owner of Farm Chicks Vintage, joined the Holbert's to form The York Entertainment Society, whose primary focus is to preserve and manage the Annual York Christmas Parade Event.  This Non-Profit Organization has now grown to include other small business owners and citizens of the Greater York, SC area that all have the passion to give back to the community that we all live and work in.


Kathy and Leslie


Commitment

Every other week the Parade Planning Committee meets to organize the events for Fund-Raising as well as the Annual Christmas Parade and Tree-Lighting.  The amount of time this group spends on planning and out-reach shows the love and passion that we have for our community and The City of York.  In addition to our Members, our committee is made up of volunteers from the City of York to include Mayor -  Eddie Lee,  Fire Chief - Domenic Manera, Lt Dale Edwards from YPD, Wanda Fowler from the Yorkville Historical Society and Debbie Dowling.  This photo represents just a small contingency that meets bi-weekly.

YES! and Christmas Committee Members Attend August 2019 Meeting.


BIG DREAMS

Throughout the year, the members of the York Entertainment Society are working to plan the upcoming parade. We are driving to bring in more Bands, Entertainment, more Panther Cheerleaders, and several huge (secret) surprises planned.  We are estimating that this year's production will set records for fund-raising as we look to make 12/6/19 a memorable night.


Fundraising is a huge factor in our ability to bring the town of York a parade you and your family will remember for years. Please try to help in any way you can.  Every little bit counts!  See our Fund-Raising Section for more details on how you can help.


FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES

In addition to parade sponsorships, there are several other fundraisers planned. They are the Summer Marketplace Anniversary Extravaganza, which was a huge success and brought over 1000 people into the downtown area. The fall YES/Hoof and Barrel Cornhole Tournament, scheduled for October 5th will be located at The Hoof and Barrel on North Congress St. There will also be a Christmas Parade T-Shirt Sale plus more activities will be forthcoming. See our Christmas Parade Info Page for more Details.

Our Team

Kathy Holbert

President

Kathy is a small business owner in Downtown York and  has been an avid equestrian for 30+ years.  Kathy also has 18 years experience as a Senior Project Manager for a fortune 50 Financial Institute as well as a BA in Equestrian Science from Otterbein University  Living in and near several historical cities Kathy see's the potential for York to revitalize itself and to bring commerce back to this historic and well loved town.

Leslie Mace

Vice President

Leslie is a small business owner in Downtown York who also works in the furniture and textile industries.  She and her business partner, Amy Lynch  love helping new retail shops get their showrooms set up for business here in York.  "Our goal is to create a downtown shopping district full of creative retail businesses and restaurants. We want York to be a sought out destination" Leslie Mace. 

Jim Davenport

Treasurer

Jim Davenport resides just south of Clover, SC but really loves the vibe of York. He is a Senior Financial Analyst for Kings Mountain, NC textile mill, STI.

He has 30 years experience in Retail Management, Inventory Procurement, Logistics Management and Finance. He enjoys spending time with friends in Downtown York eateries.  

Linda Algire

Secretary


Chris Holbert

Director - Event Mgmt. & Entertainment

Chris lives in York, SC and has worked in Retail for over 25 years in various leadership positions.  He volunteers his free-time to focus on making the Historic Downtown York a destination location.  His goal is to continue to move York forward through events and Community Out-Reach.

Jim Hoban

Director - Food, Beverage and Vendor Services


Doug Algire

Director- Theatrical Services and Production


Jessica Hines

Director - Marketing & Design