Remembrance was donated by the Lightner Family in memory of Jess Lightner who passed away in January 2011 from Lou Gehrig’s disease. His parents, Jeff and Dolores Lightner, have purchased many trees at the festival throughout the years. The candles on the tree light up and represent everlasting life.
The 30th annual Holiday Tree Festival is at the John S. Knight Center in Akron from Nov. 19-27, 2011. The 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.