32nd annual Holiday Tree Festival raises record-breaking $262,000

check-presentation,-blog-poThe volunteers at Akron Children’s Hospital had much to celebrate following the conclusion of the 2013 Holiday Tree Festival.

The event, which was held last November, enjoyed another record-breaking year, raising $262,000 for the hospital’s patient care and research programs.

The total tops last year’s donation of $250,000 and is due in part to the hugely successful preview gala, which was attended by more than 1,000 people, as well as the increased sales of the beautiful trees, wreaths and other holiday items.

“Our reward is being able to raise funds for the worthy projects at Akron Children’s Hospital,” said Holiday Tree Festival Chairman Mary Leuca. “In addition to the donation, I think our other reward is seeing the faces of the children and families as they come into the tree-filled room; that’s why our volunteers work so hard year after year.”

The amount was announced at a thank you luncheon on Jan. 15 for the volunteers, who have presented the festival to the community since it began in 1982.

The Holiday Tree Festival is believed to be the longest running tree festival presented by volunteers in the United States and has raised $4.7 million for the hospital.

“The entire Holiday Tree Festival has been magical from day one,” said Bill Considine, president and CEO of Akron Children’s Hospital, who accepted the check on behalf of the hospital. “It has become part of the fabric of our community.”

Plans are already underway for the 2014 Holiday Tree Festival, which will be held Nov. 22 – 30, 2014 at the John S. Knight Center. For more information, visit akronchildrens.org/treefestival.

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