Holiday Tree Festival names award winners for 2010


There’s still time to visit the 29th annual Holiday Tree Festival taking place at the John S. Knight Center now through Nov. 28.

The Holiday Tree Festival will be open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Thanksgiving Day, 2 – 6 p.m.

A free gift to the community, the 2010 Holiday Tree Festival features more than 140 decorated trees and hundreds of wreaths, miniatures and other holiday items.

Several awards have been presented, including the 2010 “Best of Show” award presented to the tree titled “Ruby and Sage Elegance” donated by the Friends of Children’s Hospital and decorated by Lori Predl-Reilly, Reilly’s Originals.

Other winners are listed below.

Best of Show:
Ruby and Sage Elegance
Donor: Friends of Children’s Hospital
Decorator: Lori Predl-Reilly, Reilly’s Originals.

Most Original:
A Touch of Africa
Donor: Pat Catan’s West Akron Branch
Decorator: Penny Abel

Most Traditional:
An Olde Fashioned Christmas
Donor: Dr. and Mrs. Craig Lanik
Decorator: Kathy Lanik

A Child’s Dream:
Christmas on the Go (with Santa and the Elves)
Donor: Harwick Standard Distribution Corp.
Decorator: Jan Lonsdale

Christmas Fantasy:
A Silver Celebration
Donor: Ronald McDonald House of Akron
Decorator: Donna Grigas

Judges Choice:
Regal Christmas
Donor: GDP Group
Decorator: Karen Meggyesy, Kris Wood, Mike Marz

Youth Award:
Christmas Greetings from Girl Scouts
Donor/decorator: North Canton Junior Girl Scout Troop #544

Special Merit:
Christmas in the Garden
Donor/decorator: Douglas J. Haines and Company

Sweet Smiles
Donor/decorator: Mellion Orthodontics

Donor/decorator: Ellet High School Student Council

Winter Rendezvous
Donor: R.B. Stout
Decorator: Diane Hovatter and Yvonne Paulus

Have a Beary Merry Christmas
Donor: Lou Zager, Cornerstone Book & Supply
Decorator: Nicci Avalon, Sara Lundenberger, Jody Smith, Foundation Office

All I Wanted for Christmas…
Donor: Charissa Cortes, R.N.
Decorator: Tomas Cortes

Muppets Very Merry Christmas
Donor: The Holcomb Family
Decorator: Sunny Roop and Sheila Holcomb

Bring on the Snow Days!
Donor: Altercare of Navarre
Decorator: Friends of Altercare

A Holcomb’s Heroes “Christmas in Duct Tape”
Donor/decorator: George M. Holcomb and Family

About the Holiday Tree Festival

Since 1982, the volunteers of Akron Children’s Hospital have presented the Holiday Tree Festival each holiday season as a free event to the community.

In addition to hundreds of volunteers, many other supporters help make this event possible through underwriting and donations. Major underwriters for the 2010 Holiday Tree Festival include: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Buckeye Corrugated Inc., American Printing Inc., Cleveland Magazine, FirstEnergy, John S. Knight Center, KeyBank, Merrill Lynch, Ohio Magazine, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, Shearer’s Foods Inc., Soprema Inc., Sterling Jewelers Inc., Swensons Drive In Restaurants and Target.

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