Clearwater Community Volunteers Celebrate 25th Anniversary of Winter Wonderland

A quarter of a century of service to the community and family fun was honored at the opening of the 25th Annual Winter Wonderland

Online PR News – 08-December-2017 – Clearwater, FL – On December 2nd, the Church of Scientology and Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV) celebrated the 25th anniversary and grand opening of Winter Wonderland, a Clearwater holiday tradition. Over 1,500 Clearwater children and parents attended, applauding the lighting of thousands of lights for the most glittering, sparkling and fun-filled Christmas celebration yet.

The opening event was led by Mr. Dylan Pires, Community Affairs Director for the Church of Scientology in Clearwater. Guest speakers included Mr. Aaron Fodiman, Co-Publisher of Tampa Bay Magazine; Mr. Darren Waters, representing Nourish to Flourish; and Mr. Neil Brickfield, Executive Director of the Pinellas Sheriff’s Police Athletic League (PAL). Both Nourish to Flourish and Pinellas PAL are benefitting from the donations collected from Winter Wonderland.

Ms. Pam Ryan Anderson, Executive Director of CCV, spoke about Winter Wonderland’s purpose: “Being a charity drive - food and toys - makes Winter Wonderland a very special community event,” she said. “Knowing that every toy and item of non-perishable food that is donated will go right into the hands of needy children and their families gives a great purpose to our little village.”

After Santa and the distinguished guests plugged in the lights, guests enjoyed live music from the Flag Band, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a bouncy house and petting zoo.

Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV) began Winter Wonderland 25 years ago. CCV is a non-profit, charitable organization made up entirely of volunteers and was founded by parishioners of the Church of Scientology in Clearwater. CCV produces the huge Easter Egg Hunt in Coachman Park in Clearwater every spring, Fashions with Flair fashion show fundraiser and Winter Wonderland in Downtown Clearwater.

Winter Wonderland will be open from 6:00—9:00pm Wednesday through Sunday until December 22nd. For more information, please visit Entrance to Winter Wonderland is free however there is a small charge for some activities and the food items in the Hot Chocolate Shop.

About the Church of Scientology:

The Scientology religion was founded by humanitarian and philosopher, L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in the United States in 1954 and has expanded to more than 11,000 churches, missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 nations. Based on L. Ron Hubbard's words, "A community that pulls together can make a better society for all," the Church of Scientology regularly engages in many humanitarian programs and community events. To learn more, visit