“The Sofia” was created in honor of Michael and Lori Dente’s daughter, Sofia Isabella, who passed away on Feb. 15, 2011, at just 3 weeks old. In her short, yet powerful, life she inspired faith, hope and love to all who learned of her. The tree is decorated with butterflies in celebration of her life and as a symbol of her beauty and spirit. Underneath the tree is a “Team Sofia” blanket, an extension of Sofia’s love that provides hand-tied blankets to patients and families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Akron Children’s Hospital.
The 30th annual Holiday Tree Festival is taking place at the John S. Knight Center from Nov. 19-27, 2011. 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.
This free event is organized by the volunteers of Akron Children’s Hospital and has raised more than $3.7 million to benefit the continued efforts of medical research, education and patient care programs at Akron Children’s Hospital.