The UH Auxiliary has wrapped up its 23rd annual Christmas Tree Festival at the Warther Museum in Dover. Between Nov. 12 and 20 an estimated 4500 people of all ages came to enjoy the 100 Christmas trees on display in the Warther galleries. On Monday and Tuesday, November 21 and 22, Auxiliary members and volunteers delivered about half of the trees to the homes and offices of buyers while the others were picked up by the buyers at Warther’s.
Connie Finton of New Philadelphia, chairwoman of the Auxiliary’s Christmas Tree Festival, extended her thanks to the community for its outstanding support of the festival for another year.
“We are so grateful for all of the participating tree sponsors, for those who take the time to create and decorate trees, to everyone who attends the festival and festival events, and to the entire Tuscarawas Valley for how it kicks off the Christmas season with us each year,” Finton said. “The volunteers who spend so much time throughout the year getting ready for this event are so dedicated and so talented, and I am grateful to them for all they do.
Finton also expressed the Auxiliary’s thanks to the Warther family for opening the world-famous Warther Museum for this annual fundraising event.
The Auxiliary Christmas Tree Festival Committee has announced the winners of the People’s Choice Awards, honoring the favorite large tree and small tree as voted on by the thousands of people who attend the festival.
“Candy Land” was the selection of the People’s Choice Award for the favorite large tree. The tree was sponsored by Marlite.
The People’s Choice Award for the favorite small tree was won by “On a Roll with Paw Patrol,” sponsored by Stark Truss Co.
While the final fund-raising totals are still being computed, Finton said she believes proceeds from the festival could exceed last year’s total. Proceeds from the Christmas Tree Festival, along with all of the other Auxiliary projects during the year, are donated to Union Hospital. These donations are used to purchase patient care equipment and for improvements such as the new Union Hospital Lauren Emergency Center.
Details about the Union Hospital Auxiliary can be found on the hospital’s website at www.unionhospital.org, and on the Auxiliary page on Facebook.