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Send-off fiesta thrown for Sinton man who was chosen to help decorate the White House

Posted at 5:23 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 23:49:09-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Sinton man has been chosen to fly out to Washington DC and decorate the white house for the holidays. Action 10’s Brenda Matute first reported this story when the announcement was made official. Last night, the small town of Sinton threw him a big going away party.

Between the music, lights, and balloons, there was a sendoff party being thrown for Adrian Alaniz Tuesday night in Sinton.

"He's made me so proud so proud,” said Elisa Candelaria, Adrian’s grandma.

Friends and family held a fiesta at the San Patricio County Fairgrounds giving their small-town celebrity a proper send off before he leaves for Washington D.C.

“I’m already missing Adrian and he's not even gone yet,” said Alaniz.

Among 4300 applicants, Alaniz was given the prestigious honor to help decorate the White House for the holidays. A real Christmas miracle. He and one person from each state in the country will be garnishing the Executive Mansion with decor hand-picked by the first lady.

“Washington has sent me the layout as to what the president and his wife have chosen, the decorations, the colors, things that I really can't discuss just yet but they're unique and I’m excited to put them together,” said Alaniz.

He owns and operates his own floral shop in Sinton; a business venture he was inspired to pursue by his grandma.

“Since he was young, I said ‘Adrian you have to do what you want to do not what other people tell you if you want to be happy’,” said Candelaria.

Years later it's paid off.

“Who knows, I actually may not come back to my little town after this,” said Alaniz. “Who knows what God has in store for me.”

Adrian will also be having lunch with the president and his wife on December 2nd.