A Note from our President:

Our Holiday at Home Planning Committee has been hard at work for the 2024 Labor Day Weekend festival focusing on fun for all ages.  Our theme this year will be “Hometown Celebrities.” We will highlight a wide range of celebrities that are from professional sports to acting. Stop by our festival and see just how many famous people are from our area.

On Sunday and Monday our free children’s area has games for children of all ages, free live music to listen to while you shop with our arts and crafts vendors as well as the delicious food trucks. We have two car shows. Sunday is the VW car show and Monday is the invitational car show. Holiday at Home Labor Day Parade starts at 10 am Monday morning.

Thank you for our Holiday at Home Planning Committee members, our volunteers, our sponsors and all the help we receive from the City of Kettering.

Hope to see you at one or all our events this year.


Lisa Rusak


Watch video to see last year’s parade:


Chairman of the board: Jerry Fitzharris

President: Lisa Rusak

Vice President: Jennifer Weiner

Treasurer: Jordan Wyant

Quick Dates

  • Annual Gala: August 31, 2024
  • Arts & Crafts: September 1 & 2, 2024
  • Auto Show: September 1 & 2, 2024
  • Children’s Zone: September 1 & 2, 2024
  • 5K Race: September 2, 2024
  • Parade: September 2, 2024

Interested In Being A Holiday At Home Volunteer?

Kettering Holiday at Home has plenty of volunteer opportunities from middle schoolers up to retirees and seniors!  We offer a rewarding opportunity to give back to the South Dayton community which also can fulfill community service or volunteer hour requirements for schools, clubs, or even your employer. We would LOVE to have you join us.  We have jobs that are a little as 2 – 3 hours or as long as an entire day (or weekend if you’d like to join our committee).  If you’re interested in joining with us to spreading a little joy and make a difference in your community, simply fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch! 


Grand Marshal 2024


Bruce started working at the University of Dayton as a staff psychologist in the Counseling Center in the spring of 1974, continuing until his retirement as Assistant Director of the Counseling Center in 2001. While working at UD he also attended the University of Cincinnati and The Ohio State University, graduating with a PhD degree in Counseling from OSU in 1981.

They moved to Kettering in June 1974 and are still in the same home.

Shortly after moving to Kettering Bruce began his civic involvement. He was appointed to the Board of Community Relations, which at that time, was focused on fair housing issues. During that period he also worked on a textbook evaluation committee for the Kettering Schools, began his service on the initial Board of Directors for the Kettering Children’s choir, and coached youth soccer.  He was an active parent leader with the Indian Princess program at the Kettering YMCA.  At Christ Methodist Church in Kettering he played on the Kettering church softball team, was an usher, and on the Board of trustees.  Jan and Bruce were Co-Presidents of the Van Buren PTA.  Bruce and Jan hosted multiple block parties on Winding Way over the years. Bruce has been a member of Dor-Wood Optimist for 19 years, and has been involved in many activities, including speaker chair.

In 1986 he was elected to the Kettering City Council, representing District 4 and serving the citizens for 37 years.  When Bruce was elected to council, the first council project he was involved in was the development of Lincoln Park and the Fraze Pavilion. While serving on the City Council, Bruce served as council liaison to the Kettering Sister City for 10 years and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Kettering Development Corporation.. He founded the Kettering Leadership Academy in 2003 which to date has graduated over 300 participants, many who currently are doing volunteer work in the city of Kettering.  Bruce has been a strong advocate for Kettering Public Arts, assuring for Kettering Citizens that arts would have continued funding in the future.  Bruce was an advocate for the establishment of the Kettering Sustainability Committee and still serves on that committee.  He also served on the Board of Directors for the Dayton Performing Alliance for three years

Bruce has been in the Kettering Holiday at Home parade for over forty times.

Bruce and Jan have been married since 1965.  They have two daughters, Kelly and Rebecca.



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