While the fundraising total for the 21st annual Union Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Tree Festival is yet to be finalized, one outcome of the event has the project leadership beaming.
“We sold all the trees,” exclaimed Connie Finton, project chairperson. “We had a record number of 97 trees on display at Warther’s Museum through the event and every tree has found a buyer!”
The annual Christmas Tree Festival closed Sunday evening and the project committee spent Monday and Tuesday this week assisting tree buyers who picked up the smaller trees at Warther’s and delivering the larger trees in two rented trucks.
“We delivered trees to homes and offices in five counties, including near Columbus,” Finton said. “It’s a lot of work but a lot of fun as well. Tree buyers are very excited to have the tree brought right into their living room or office and set up, ready for the Christmas season.”
Finton announced the winners of the People’s Choice Awards. Visitors to the Festival were ask to vote for their favorite Large Tree and Small Tree.
The People’s Choice Award winning Large Tree was “Frozen Fractals All Around”, sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Sabo and decorated by Dyan Schupbach. The Small Tree Award winner “Winter Friends” was sponsored and decorated by Beverly Hammerstrom.
“We congratulate our People’s Choice award winners and will recognize them at the Auxiliary’s annual meeting next year,” Finton said.
“We are extremely grateful to all of our tree sponsors and the community for their continued support of the Festival and the Union Hospital Auxiliary,” she added. “We are especially grateful to the Warther family for their continued support and generosity, allowing us to use their wonderful museum galleries for this event.”
Proceeds from the Christmas Tree Festival and other fundraising events throughout the year are used by the Auxiliary to purchase patient care equipment for Union Hospital in Dover and to fulfill a $300,000 three-year pledge for the construction of the Union Hospital Lauren Emergency Center.