Akron Childrenís Hospitalís Holiday Tree Festival sets new record

30th annual festival raises $240,000


The 30th annual Holiday Tree Festival, which was held this past November, raised more than $240,000 for Akron Children’s Hospital, the largest amount collected in its history. On Jan. 12, the volunteers of Akron Children’s Hospital, who present the festival to the public each year, announced the 2011 total during a thank you luncheon for participants.

“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 shows that the community supports our mission to provide care to all patients regardless of their ability to pay.”

The festival is organized by more than 1,000 volunteers of Akron Children’s Hospital. Since 1982, it has raised more than $3 million to benefit the continued efforts of medical research, education and patient care programs at the hospital.

The 2011 festival was the largest ever, featuring more than 300 custom-decorated trees, wreaths and holiday items. Items on display were donated by local corporations, groups and individuals.

“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,” Zoilo says. “I am extremely grateful to everyone who makes the festival so special.”

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