Local company Christmas party focuses on giving back

Event looks to ‘shake off the Grinch,’ donate Toys for Tots

Byrne Electrical Specialists Inc, a local manufacturer privately owned and operated for 40 years by Norman and Rosemary Byrne, has decided to “shake off the Grinch” this holiday season with its bi-annual Christmas party to be held Saturday, Dec. 5, in downtown Grand Rapids. The company plans on more than 450 in attendance.

Started in 1979 with a small celebration at the company’s headquarters in Rockford, the event focuses on celebrating four main facets of its business: employee, customer, and supplier appreciation, as well as giving back to the community.

“We have been blessed with loyal employees, customers and suppliers throughout the years. Being a local partner with global value is a modest value we all share,” stated Managing Director Dan Byrne. “Part of being a good neighbor is giving back to those that are in need. It’s a culture that we enjoy with all of West Michigan.”

The theme of this year’s party, “The Grinch Who Couldn’t Steal Christmas,” was developed as a play off of the famous Dr. Seuss tale that tells of a grumpy hermit that hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. Guests are asked to dress in their best Whoville-style attire or color scheme.

Most importantly, all guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to Toys For Tots.

“We thought, given all the ‘doom and gloom’ being reported out there, we want to celebrate the gifts we share” said Byrne. “With 450 or so expected, that’s a lot of young children being helped in our community.”

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