Grand Marshal Gala

A new Signature Event is being unveiled for the holiday season this November in Prescott. The Prescott Chamber of Commerce is pleased to introduce the Grand Marshal Gala, our newest Signature Event and Prescott tradition which honors the Grand Marshal of the Prescott Chamber Christmas Parade and all of the Chamber sponsors who support the Chamber’s holiday events!

The Prescott Chamber proudly presents the 35th Annual Prescott Christmas Parade! The 2017 theme is “A Cowboy Christmas.”  The Grand Marshal Gala will bring even more excitement to this popular parade. The Prescott Chamber of Commerce is privileged to formally announce that the 2017 Grand Marshal and the very first Grand Marshal Gala Honoree will be Mr. Tommy Meredith. 
Chamber President, Sheri Heiney, stated that Meredith is well-deserving of this honor! For over a decade, his tireless efforts leading the Friends of Jersey Lilly campaign has raised funds for the Annual Courthouse Lighting. 
“This is as big an honor as I could ever expect,” Meredith said. “I am overwhelmed. I have seen a lot of parades and events where others were honored. I never thought it would be me.”
Meredith has been a lifelong Arizona resident, community-minded Prescott business owner, and self-described “drugstore cowboy.”  Meredith credits his wife, Joan, with everything they have together. Since they were married in 1961, he has never slept on the couch in 57 years. They have been partners in all of their business endeavors, and he has never collected a paycheck from anyone else. Meredith’s smile broadens when talking about his family (son, Mark; daughter, Tama; and his three grandchildren).
Meredith grew up in Phoenix, and attended West High School and was the State High School Wrestling champion in 1956. While attending ASU, he was a member of the first ASU wrestling team in 1956-1957 and was also crowned Campus King in 1959. Meredith served six years in the Air National Guard and was activated to Germany during the Berlin crisis. He retired as a Load Master on a C-97 airplane.
Many jobs, businesses, and accomplishments have shaped Meredith in his lifetime, but the most memorable happened in 1943 (age 9) when Meredith was awarded a YMCA sports tournament trophy. That trophy sits on his bedside table to this day and reminds him that he still can do anything he sets his mind to do. Some of his other notable experiences include: home building with his dad in the 1950’s and 1960’s; riding horse back for 12 hours a day alongside his brother, Mark who roped cattle in Young, AZ; former owner of Jersey Lilly Saloon for 15 years; claimed three of four North American Wild Sheep Grand Slam trophies; participated with Desert Caballeros annual 5-day ride out of Wickenburg; broke a race record driving his Formula V car at Riverside International Raceway Championship with the Sports Car Club of America; was an original founder of the Fiesta Bowl; also an original founder of Arizona Big Horn Sheep Society; and remains an avid antique collector of early American collectibles.
Christmas is Meredith’s favorite holiday. His favorite Christmas memory is when he and his brother received Schwinn Phantom Bicycles. They took off riding on those bicycles right away, and Meredith still isn’t sure if they ever came home that day. For 23 years, the family has attended the Annual Courthouse Lighting. About ten years ago, Meredith approached the Prescott City Council to discuss ideas to increase their funding of the Courthouse Lighting. “After all, we are Arizona’s Christmas City,” said Meredith.  One council member, in particular, challenged his comment and said, “Tommy, do something about it.”  So, Meredith walked back to the Jersey Lilly and said, “We’re gonna do this!”  Soon, a committee came together, and they were fundraising. Tommy did the auctioneering for the kick-off party, and light bulbs were sold at the bar. Over the years, money just kept coming in to support the lighting thanks to the efforts of the committee and the people of Prescott.
Since selling the Jersey Lilly Saloon this year, Meredith plans to continue working hard to get out of business. Meredith shared, “Joan and I are going to take care of each other and get our personal affairs in order. There are only so many years in a lifetime, so I want to make the best of them. This isn’t possible with business responsibilities. I want time to enjoy life, just in a different way.”
The First Annual Grand Marshal Gala will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 6:00 p.m.  Make your reservations to the Grand Marshal Gala at This grand event, honoring Mr. Tommy Meredith, will be held at the Plaza View Ballroom on 120 W. Gurley St., Prescott, AZ 86301.
For more information about all Chamber events, please visit or call (928) 445-2000.  Attached please find sponsorship opportunities for the Parade and the New Grand Marshal Gala!
The mission of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce promotes its members by enhancing the overall business environment of Prescott.


Nov 30, 2017


Plaza View Ballroom
120 W. Gurley Street
Prescott, AZ 86301


6-9 pm




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