Firestone High School’s motto has always been ‘success is our tradition.’ And one could argue a tradition started by the school’s swim team back in 1989 has been a rousing success. It all began when the team decided to raise money for Akron Children’s because one of their own members was being treated for leukemia at the hospital. Fast forward to 2015 and the swim team continues to carry on their Kids Helping Kids marathon having raised more than $163,000 for the hospital through the years.
With a medley of seasonal decorations and magical trees on display, it’s easy to get caught up in the sparkling details of Akron Children’s Hospital’s 34th annual Holiday Tree Festival. In fact, decorators spend hours carefully crafting every detail to bring not only beauty to the branches, but also meaning.
The beauty of the Akron Children’s Hospital Holiday Tree Festival is often in the stories that inspire people to donate and decorate trees. For one local family, the care they received at Children’s touched them personally, inspired a career and motivated them to give back to the hospital that helped their premature baby boys thrive.
Marilyn Monroe’s appearance at the Foundation’s “Art in Concert” event not only came as a huge surprise, but it kick-started a significant fundraising effort to support the new Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine program.
They say good things come in small packages, but the 34th annual Holiday Tree Festival presented by the volunteers of Akron Children’s Hospital proves otherwise. This much anticipated holiday tradition comes unwrapped, lit up and on display Nov. 21-29 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, bringing joy to manyand thousands in donations to the hospital.
As part of Akron Children’s Hospital’s 125th celebration, a group of donors, patients and staff were invited to Kay Jewelers Pavilion on the hospital’s birthday, Oct. 20, to ‘unwrap’ the much anticipated mosaic project.