The 2014 Holiday Tree Festival raised a record-breaking $300,000 to benefit patient programs at Akron Children’s. The amount was announced at a thank you luncheon on Jan. 14 for the volunteers. Since it began in 1982, the Holiday Tree Festival has raised $5 million for the hospital.
The festival is presented by volunteers, and is truly a year-long effort for those involved.
“The Holiday Tree Festival is a labor of love for our volunteers,” said Mary Leuca, chairman of the 2014 Holiday Tree Festival. “We are so proud to make this donation, which will help countless patients and their families.”
Awards were also presented to members of the Holiday Tree Festival committee for their years of service.
“The volunteers are at the heart of the Holiday Tree Festival,” said Vicki Parisi, volunteer manager at Akron Children’s Hospital. “We could not have this type of success without their continued dedication.”
Plans are already underway for the 2015 Holiday Tree Festival, which will be held Nov. 21-29, 2015 at the John S. Knight Center. For more information, visit akronchildrens.org/treefestival.