Meet the EEC: Information Sector!

This week we’re introducing the lovely Information Sector of the Event Execution Committee! These amazing people are always up to date on all things National Cherry Blossom Festival as well as its Participating Programs! During festival events they manage information booths onsite and assist in training information booth volunteers. Additionally, they are experts on the DC area and Japan/U.S. Culture relations. This team does their best to ensure that accurate information is disseminated to our guests!

Mike Auldridge:

Why do you want to volunteer for the Cherry Blossom Festival?

  • I want to help other folks know the city and the Festival better.

What is your favorite blossom event and why?

  • The parade; all the energy is great !


Kycia Spriggins:

Why do you volunteer?

  • People come from all around the world to see the cherry trees, what better way to show off our beautiful city than supporting the National Cherry Blossom Festival. It brings me so much joy to be able to share my knowledge about the history of the trees while promoting the festival activities that kick-off spring in the district.

What is your most memorable moment or memory from the past festivals?

  • In 2014, my mom came to visit me, from Texas, and we volunteered together at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.  We served as ushers and was able to see the parade travel down Constitution Avenue.  My mom loved every minute of it and I loved that I was able to share a part of my life that I tell her about every festival season.

Andrea Medinaceli:

Why do you want to volunteer for the Cherry Blossom Festival?

  • I love giving back! The Cherry Blossom Festival was one of the first events that I went to when I first moved to DC. It was such a memorable experience and so much fun! I love that I am able to volunteer with the organization to helps others experience the same happiness it brought me. 

What do you hope to get out of the EEC?

  • Being able to help other experience the festival! / Being able to spend time with the other amazing volunteers!

Lauren Brown:

Why Do You Volunteer?

  • I volunteer because the Festival is a great event that is loved by locals and visitors alike. The fact that there are so many different events that make up the Festival and celebrate the gift of the trees means there is something for everyone to enjoy! The Festival is a great kickoff to the spring season, and I always love taking a stroll around the Tidal Basin when the trees are in bloom. I have been enjoying attending the Festival for more than eight years and was looking for a way to get more involved and share my love of the Festival with others.

What do you do in your sector of the EEC?

  • I am a member of the Information Committee, where we work to manage the information booths at the Signature Events and staff the Union Station Pop-Up Shop & Information Kiosk and the Tidal Basin Welcome Area. At the information booths, we make sure that visitors know about all of the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s wonderful events and answer questions about the Festival and the DC area. We help ensure that visitors know about the Festival’s offerings and answer any questions they may have.

Mary Pritt:

Why Do You Volunteer?

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is such an iconic part of DC’s spring time; I love that I can be a part of this prominent event! I like knowing that I am making the festival even better, whether helping with crowd control at the parade, guiding tourists to their destinations, or selling merchandise in the pop-up shop to raise money for the festival. I also like that volunteering is a great way to make new friends in the area!

What’s a Fun Fact about you?

I just adopted a cat! I am embracing turning into a crazy cat lady.

Say “Hi” to this group when they present during the first and third sessions of the Volunteer Orientation event on March 12!

RSVP for Volunteer Orientation here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2020-national-cherry-blossom-festival-volunteer-orientation-tickets-92781498961

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