Flowers for caroling

Vincent Leinen (left), co-director of the 12th annual Denison Christmas caroling festivities, stands with Callie Johnson with the Hy-Vee floral department and Bob Townsend, Hy-Vee’s manager of store operations. They are displaying the flowers that will be presented to residents of care facilities during the caroling event. It is scheduled for Thursday, December 12. Photo by Todd Danner

The Denison Hy-Vee Floral Department, Florist Distributing in Des Moines, Jason Schultz and Michael Segebart will be honored for their outstanding contribution to the local community and the annual Denison Christmas caroling tonight during the 12th Annual Christmas Caroling Festivities by the directors and participants of the activity.

The organization and/or recipients being honored will each receive a certificate of recognition signed by Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg.

The carolers will perform at all four Denison senior care centers, starting with Denison Care Center at 6:15 p.m., Eventide Lutheran Home at 7 p.m., Silveridge Assisted Living Center at 7:45 p.m. and the Reed House at 8:30 p.m.

The event is modular, and the participants can arrive and depart at their own discretion.

Music lyric sheets and refreshments will be provided for the participants and 600 fresh flowers for the residents and care-givers.

The event, organized by co-directors Vincent J. Leinen and Mark Gray, with Jason Schultz (Iowa State Senate District 9) as master of ceremonies, is now celebrating 12 years of service to the community as part of a nationwide initiative to promote the overall theme of bringing happiness, healing, and/or enlightenment to the elderly, care-givers, and participants during the holiday season.

It is free and open to the public, with an estimated 75 participants expected.

For further details contact Leinen at 818-429-1563 or and/or Gray at 712-263-6722 office or cell 712-269-1265, or visit


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