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VI kicks off holiday season with community events this week

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Virginia Intermont President E. Clorisa Phillips spoke at a YWCA luncheon this week, while VI equestrians are making plans to participate in the city of Bristol’s annual Christmas parade on Dec. 5.

Phillips and Dr. Janice Gilliam, President of Northeast State Community College, were guest speakers at the YWCA 15th annual Celebrating Women luncheon and silent auction on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Proceeds from the event benefit YWCA Bristol youth development programs.

Dr. Phillips speaking at YWCA

Dr. Phillips speaking at YWCA

Drs. Phillips and Gilliam both shared their motivations and insights about their life journeys and accomplishments.  Read more about their talks in the Bristol Herald Courier article at

“Celebrating Women is always an uplifting and fun holiday event that’s held at the perfect time of year; those who attend can buy unique gifts for their loved ones while supporting the area’s youth,” said Tammy Henkel, YWCA Director of Mission Advancement.

L to R - Dr. Phillips, YWCA Junior Board Member Lisa Howe, NE State CC President Dr. Gilliam.

L to R – Dr. Phillips, YWCA Junior Board Member Lisa Howe, NE State CC President Dr. Gilliam.

On Thursday evening, December 5, Virginia Intermont Equine Club and equine students will be handing out candy as they march along State Street in the 32nd annual Bristol Christmas Parade which begins at 7 pm.  The VI equestrians have participated in the event several years in the past, and are always a popular float as they take a few horses to the parade and decorate their trailer.

Sponsored by the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, the parade is one of Bristol’s most anticipated celebrations that helps usher in the holiday season.  It starts on Bob Morrison Blvd. and travels down State Street to the historic Bristol Train Station, and brings out thousands of area residents to see the beautifully decorated floats, as well as Santa himself.

We’ll be giving out a lot of candy canes,” said Courtney Vesel, president of VI’s Equine Club. “We figure peppermint would be a great match with the horses!”

(For anyone who doesn’t know, horses LOVE peppermints and usually make a funny face as they chomp down on it.)

VI students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the parade and help celebrate the holiday season with our Equine Club.

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