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


The 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.

6 most engaging fundraising stories of 2013

Celebrate with us, all the good work that was done on behalf of the hospital in 2013!

Whether it’s the Akron and Mahoning Valley radiothons, or celebrities visiting patients and dancing to raise money and awareness for the hospital, we’re always proud to share the good work that’s being done on behalf of the hospital.

Holiday Tree Festival volunteer spotlight: Jolea Swann


For 32 years, the Holiday Tree Festival has been presented to the community by the volunteers of Akron Children’s Hospital. It is the commitment of the volunteers that has made the festival a successful event that draws more than 250,000 attendees every year.

Holiday Tree Festival spotlight: Jedi Gino


The “Jedi Gino” tree was created in memory of 10-year-old Gino Altieri, who passed away June 2012 after a two-year battle with rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer of the soft muscle tissue.

Holiday Tree Festival spotlight: “Believe in Burlap”

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Visit the 32nd annual Holiday Tree Festival at the John S. Knight Center from Nov.23- Dec.1, and see the trees, wreaths and holiday gifts. Admission to the festival is free. For more information visit akronchildrens.org/treefestival.

Holiday Tree Festival traditions get better with time


Thirty-two years ago a committee of volunteers, including Marilyn McGuckin, and the Quaker Square Hilton had a fundraising goal in mind, surrounding the holidays. The committee got together and wrote a letter asking community leadership for donations of trees and other holiday items.