Citywide Banks Helps Boulder’s Holiday Star Go Green – Lighting Planned to Honor Veterans Tonight

The Boulder Chamber worked with volunteers from Citywide Banks and other local businesses this past Saturday to complete a major upgrade to the city’s Holiday Star on Flagstaff Mountain.  The upgrade was made possible with a donation from Citywide Banks. As a special tribute to our active and past members of the armed services, the Boulder Chamber plans to illuminate the Holiday Star at 7:00 p.m. on Veterans Day, November 11.  The “switch” will be turned on in the parking area by the Flagstaff House by Tye McCarthy, as tradition has it he has turned it on (with Santa’s help of course) every year for the past 12 years. The Star will be llluminated nightly through the holidays.

>> CHECK OUT the Boulder Chamber video about the Star’s big upgrade

“This is a milestone year for the Boulder Holiday Star,” said Boulder Chamber President & CEO John Tayer.  “Thanks to our partner, Citywide Banks, the masterful coordination by Craig Reynolds, and the arduous efforts of a committed volunteer crew, we are taking the Holiday Star into a new era of energy efficiency.  We also look forward to a new tradition of honoring our military men and women with a glowing tribute to their service and a fitting kick-off to the Holiday Season on Veteran’s Day.”

Citywide Banks Boulder president, Blake Peterson, works with daughter, Anna, to help modernize Boulder’s Star.

Coordinated by Craig Reynolds, the volunteers replaced 356 existing 40 watt Teflon coated standard light bulbs with new 6 watt Cree LED bulbs. The LED bulbs, supplied by Citywide Banks client,, are 85% more efficient than the current light bulbs and have an expected life span of up to 42 years under current usage patterns.  The LED bulb shape and non-breakable style match the original bulbs in physical durability to withstand the elements up on the mountain year round.  “We have been waiting for the LED industry to provide a more durable product before we replaced the old style bulbs, it appears this is the one that will work the best and the brightness should be at about the same level”, Craig stated.

“Citywide Banks is proud to support this Boulder tradition,” commented Blake Peterson, president of Citywide Banks Boulder and part of the volunteer team that helped with the upgrade.  “As a Boulder native, I have fond lifelong memories of seeing the star shine high on the mountain.  It’s part of our community and history, and it’s important to keep those traditions alive.”

First illuminated in December 1947, the Boulder Holiday Star has become an annual fixture in the city.  The string of lights can be seen for miles at night sky. For many, it represents a symbol of peace and tradition during the Holiday Season.  One of the most memorable moments in its history occurred when it remained illuminated for several months in support of the Americans held hostage in Iran.

“As I look at the Star, now 15 years after I became involved, I remember all those special volunteers that helped rebuild and maintain it year after year and I want to say “Thank You” to them for keeping the Holiday Star shining bright in honor of our veterans and in the spirit of the Holiday Season.” Craig said.

About the Boulder Chamber
For more than 100 years, the nonprofit Boulder Chamber has been the region’s flagship business support and advocacy organization. The organization, with its 1,700 members, helps promote business success, influence policy, and connect business leadership to build a smart, thriving economy.

About Craig Reynolds
Craig owned and operated Lord & Reynolds Electrical Services in Boulder for 28 years and closed in January 2013.  He has rebuilt and maintained the Star since 1998 with help from Lord & Reynolds’ employees and a handful of dedicated volunteers.  He can be reached at for more information regarding our beloved Holiday Star.

About Citywide Banks
Colorado owned and family operated since 1963, Citywide Banks specializes in commercial lending, deposit accounts and treasury management solutions for businesses throughout Denver and Boulder. Citywide Banks is a 50 year-old community bank with 12 branches and more than $1.1 billion in assets. The bank’s team of more than 250 Front Range employees is a proud supporter of hundreds of local charities through employee volunteering, financial contributions, and social media awareness campaigns. For more information, please visit the bank’s website at Citywide Banks is Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

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