Community raises $250,000 for Akron Children’s at Holiday Tree Festival

For 31 years, the volunteers of Akron Children’s Hospital have presented the Holiday Tree Festival as a gift to the hospital and our community.

And this year, the community gave back in a big way.

Through the sales of trees, silent auction items, retail sales, holiday gifts, underwriting, raffle tickets for our displays, including a car, and the preview gala event, the 2012 Holiday Tree Festival raised a record-breaking $250,000 for Akron Children’s Hospital.

“It was an unbelievable year – everyone was extremely happy with how it went,” said Mary Leuca, festival chairperson. “Raising the highest amount ever for the hospital was another reason to celebrate. The community is always so grateful that we continue to put on this free event, year after year.”

Approximately 200,000 visitors traveled to the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron this past November to walk through a dazzling display of more than 400 holiday trees, wreaths and countless holiday creations. They also enjoyed in the event’s overall atmosphere, listening to performances from local entertainment and visiting with Santa Claus himself. And many took the opportunity to enter the raffle for a free car donated by the VanDevere Bunch, with more than 1,500 of the $5 tickets sold.

At the annual thank you luncheon, the volunteers presented John Zoilo, executive director of Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation, with a check for the amount raised. The proceeds will help support patient care programs, education and research at the hospital.

“We are already getting ready for this year’s festival,” said Leuca. “It just goes to show how much we all love this event.”

Mark Your Calendars for the 2013 Holiday Tree Festival
November 23 ­– December 1 – akronchildrens.org/treefestival

Publication: Children's Progress
Issue: Spring

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