Akron Childrenís Hospitalís Holiday Tree Festival raises $250,000

Holiday Tree Festival raises record amount

Festival chair Mary Leuca presents John Zoilo, executive director of the Akron Children's Hospital Foundation,with a record-breaking donation check for the 2012 Holiday Tree Festival


The 31st annual Holiday Tree Festival, which was held this past November, raised more than $250,000 for Akron Children’s Hospital, the largest amount collected in its history. On Jan. 9, the volunteers of Akron Children’s Hospital, who present the festival to the public each year, announced the 2012 total during a thank you luncheon.

“The Holiday Tree Festival is Akron Children’s gift to the community, but we could not present this event without the support of our volunteers who spend months preparing for it each year,” said 2012 chair Mary Leuca. “I am extremely grateful to everyone who makes the festival so special.”

The festival is organized by more than 1,000 volunteers of Akron Children’s Hospital. Since 1982, it has raised more than $4.5 million to benefit research, education and patient care programs at the hospital.

“People’s generosity allows us to do what we do best—care for the children in our community,” says John Zoilo, executive director of the Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation. “This event has spanned generations and to have set a new record demonstrates that the community supports our mission to provide care to all patients regardless of their ability to pay.”

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Thank you! The 2012 Holiday Tree Festival raises a record-breaking $250,000

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