2013 Sponsors

Thank you to our 2013
partners and sponsors! 

If you are interested in sponsoring Holidays in the City Grand Illumination Parade, we have a range of packages available to potential sponsors. We would be pleased to discuss your company’s requirements. Please email us here to express your interest.


WVEC 13 News is your local news leader and this year’s Presenting Sponsor for the “Holidays in the City Grand Illumination Parade”. For the past 9 years, WVEC has been a proud sponsor in this festive tradition, now in its 29th year. Their live broadcast and rebroadcasts of the parade, hosted once again by co-anchors David Allen and Regina Mobley, have enabled an approximate 92,000 additional viewers to take part in our holiday season’s marquis event. Turn to WVEC’s experienced news team to stay informed of events and occurrences throughout Hampton Roads, Virginia’s Eastern Shore, and northeastern North Carolina. And go online to WVEC.com—Hampton Roads' trusted source for national and local news, including top headlines, Norfolk weather, up-to-date traffic reports, and live video feeds of 13 News.  

Can’t make it downtown on November 23rd? Tune in to WVEC and celebrate the onset of the holidays with 13 News. 

Community Sponsors:


Founded in 1682, Norfolk grew up on the water, and its miles of lake, river, and bay front are central to many of its neighborhoods. The city's popular logo—an elegant young mermaid, which can be spotted in outdoor sites from Downtown to Ocean View—symbolizes 300 years of maritime and naval heritage and its modern reputation as a city on the move.

Attractions—such as the battleship U.S.S. Wisconsin, a salute to the city's long-standing relationship with the Navy, Nauticus, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and the new Cruise and Celebration Center dot Norfolk's easily-walked downtown waterfront. Here, tugboats and visiting cruise ships share the waters with sailboats and merchant ships. The waterfront is also home to Town Point Park, a recently refurbished green space that houses summer festivals, fountains, walkways, and tributes to the City's naval history. Other treasures—The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk Botanical Garden and the Virginia Zoological Park—are close by.

Norfolk is home to the Port Authority, Norfolk-Southern Railway, The Virginia Symphony, Old Dominion University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, Tides baseball and the Admirals hockey teams, state of the art research facilities, shipping companies, and an exuberant arts and cultural community.

So join us, won't you? There's much to celebrate!


Founded in 1752, the City of Portsmouth is located in southeastern, Virginia—just across the Elizabeth River from the City of Norfolk. With over 80 miles of shoreline, including mile marker zero of the Intracoastal Waterway, it is a quaint seaport City with an inviting atmosphere highlighted by historic architecture and unique natural assets. Designated as an official Coast Guard City, Portsmouth’s southern charm, mild climate and beautiful waterfront setting, characterize it as a regional gem in the heart of Hampton Roads. 

Portsmouth is a diverse yet neighborly community, embracing both the richness of our heritage and the promise of the future in Hampton Roads. Downtown has retained its old southern charm and scale, as it has welcomed new development and revitalization. The historic waterfront downtown affords residents and visitors alike trendy shops and boutiques, chef-owned restaurants, art galleries and a range of entertainment and activities from the Farmers’ Market to First Weekend events and is home to the Children’s Museum of Virginia, the largest children’s museum in the state.

Olde Towne Portsmouth, it is a history lovers dream come true. In a single square mile, the Olde Towne Historic District chronicles 300 years of history in one of the largest collections of architecturally noteworthy homes. We invite you to see for yourself. Give us a day and we will give you a vacation.

Supporting Sponsors:

Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 27,000 megawatts of generation, 11,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,400 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 947 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers in 15 states. Dominion practices environmental stewardship and contributes more than $20 million annually to the environment, education, arts and culture, and health and human services. Dominion's strategy is to be a leading provider of electricity, natural gas and related services to customers in the energy-intensive Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the U.S., a potential market of 50 million homes and businesses where 40 percent of the nation's energy is consumed.


Elizabeth River Crossings (ERC) is delivering the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project, providing an efficient, linked transportation network between Norfolk and Portsmouth and improving connectivity in Hampton Roads. The project includes: a new two-lane tunnel under the Elizabeth River adjacent to the existing Midtown Tunnel; interchange improvements at Brambleton Avenue and Hampton Boulevard; extension of the Martin Luther King Freeway in Portsmouth from London Boulevard to I-264 and significant rehabilitation and safety improvements to the existing Midtown and Downtown Tunnels. Last July, ERC also assumed all responsibilities for the 24/7 incident response, roadway maintenance, snow removal and the ongoing operations and maintenance at the existing Downtown and Midtown tunnels and associated roadways. ERC is physically connecting the two partnering cities of Holidays in the City—Norfolk and Portsmouth, and they wish to remind everyone to travel safely this holiday season. Happy Holidays from ERC.

Hills Bros. - New

Warm yourself up with a frothy cup of Hills Bros. Cappuccino. Available in a variety of Get Cozy flavors, Hills Bros. Cappuccino is an easy-to-make treat that also comes in sugar-free and fat-free options. Treat yourself with a cup today. Available at your local supermarket or visit us at hillsbroscappuccino.com


As a leader in the fast food industry, McDonald's has excelled in making a difference throughout the world. Their pride in “doing the right thing” is reflected in their efforts to operate in a greener manner, use sustainable resources, improve the standards and practices of animal welfare, and to continually recycle and renew.  And for over 35 years, McDonald’s has been the largest corporate donor to the Ronald McDonald House Charities which now has 290 local chapters and 318 Ronald McDonald Houses in 57 nations. That funding has been instrumental in helping children and their families during times of need. At little to no cost, parents are able to be with their child and they can rest as a family, while their son or daughter receives life-saving medical treatment at the nearby hospital."


Pepsi Bottling Company is the newest beverage operating unit of PepsiCo, the maker of 22 well-known brands from lines under Pepsi-Cola, Frito-Lay, Tropicana, Quaker, and Gatorade. Pepsi was founded in 1898 and has since expanded into 200 countries. The Pepsi Bottling Company, by itself, employs 70,000 people and is praised for its workforce diversification. Pepsi feels that it is their responsibility to continually improve all aspects of the world in which they operate--environmentally, socially, and economically—creating a better tomorrow than today. 

Window World

Window World of Tidewater is a locally owned and operated franchise, proudly providing exceptional value, expertise and service from its Virginia Beach, Virginia location. With a wide array of products, including replacement windows, siding, doors, and shutters in a variety of colors and styles, Window World provides countless combinations of exterior solutions. Our products are designed to increase the performance of your home, bringing energy efficiency and functionality to new heights. Owner David Reed and President Josh Reed are committed to offering free, no-pressure, in-home consultations throughout Hampton Roads as one of the largest home improvement resources in the region.

Working hard toward its commitment to establishing lifetime relationships within Hampton Roads, Window World of Tidewater has supported multiple philanthropic efforts. Locally, participation includes Make-A-Wish Foundation, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, EQUI-KIDS, Untamed Spirit Therapeutic & Educational Program, and VB 4-H. On a national level, in conjunction with Window World Corporate’s charitable organization, Window World Cares, they have also contributed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – to the tune of more than $3 million! Whether nationally or close to home, Window World of Tidewater is committed to the Window World Motto: “Provide a Superior Product, installed by a professional craftsman, at our low price guarantee.”

Media Partners:


Pilot Media, featuring the region’s leading newspaper, the Virginian-Pilot, is Norfolk’s premier news-source. 350,000 people read this Pulitzer Prize winning journal for news, entertainment, information, and advertisements. You may also know Pilot Media by its two websites—HamptonRoads.com and PilotOnline.com, and its specialty publications such as Inside Business, Hampton Roads Visitors Guide, Distinction magazine, and many more. But it’s their contributions to the Joy Fund that bring smiles to over 20,000 children every year. The Virginian-Pilot strives to ensure that every little boy and girl in Hampton Roads is offered a new toy to unwrap during the holiday season through this charity program. The Joy Fund has spread goodwill and cheer throughout our community by directing 100% of every dollar donated towards the purchase of a child’s holiday wish. Help make that wish come true for a local child in our area. Donate to the Joy Fund through the Virginian-Pilot.


A rarity in the world of modern radio, Sinclair Communications is one of just a few family owned and operated companies in this age of mega corporations.

Hospitality Sponsors:


Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, the Norfolk Waterside Marriott is a prominent feature of the Norfolk city skyline. This luxury waterfront hotel features nearly 400 rooms, 8 suites, and 60,000 square feet of conference space, a business center, and a 24-hour fitness center. Extraordinary dining is available at Shula’s 347, offering Premium Angus Beef® burgers and steaks or enjoy a cocktail in the Piano Lounge.


The Norfolk Plaza Hotel (formerly known as the Norfolk Crowne Plaza Hotel) is steps away from Norfolk’s arts and entertainment district—literally within a block of Norfolk Scope and Chrysler Hall. The Norfolk Plaza recently underwent a renovation upgrade to its 204 guestrooms which all feature complimentary wireless internet access and plush accommodations. Meetings and special events can be hosted in the available 15,000 square feet of conference space. Enjoy seafood, American fare, or a cocktail at the Black Tuna Bar & Grill which also opens for breakfast.

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel is proud to unveil a newly renovated and updated look, from top to bottom. From the moment you enter this downtown Norfolk hotel, you'll notice a fresh, clean and inviting atmosphere, enhanced by new décor, upgraded lighting, and stylish furnishings. It is Norfolk’s only waterfront hotel and provides stunning views of the Elizabeth River along with an exceptional hotel and meeting experience. A stay with Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel puts you right in the center of all the great things to do in Norfolk, including harbor cruises, upscale shopping, theatres and galleries.

Participating Sponsors:

California Pizza Kitchen           Eure          lanier.jpg        nTelos           Virginia Port Authority

Balloon Sponsors:

Brown & Brown Insurance
MacArthur Center
nTelos Wireless
The Virginian-Pilot
Tidewater Community College
Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo Advisors

Corporate Bleachers Sponsors:

Barnes & Noble at Tidewater Community College
Dixon Hughes Goodman
GROW Interactive
Old Point National Bank