“We’re very pleased and grateful for the support we received from the community this year,” said Carolyn Johnson, Goodwill’s Vice President of Communications and Development. “We had a record number of people come to our event, and many of them told us they’re turning it into a family tradition.”
The Festival of Trees (http://www.tuxandtrees.com) is a week-long showcase of holiday trees, each beautifully decorated by Southwest Florida businesses, organizations, and individuals. More than 4,000 people visited this year’s free holiday showcase at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.
The 2009 Festival concluded on December 4 with the Tux & Trees Gala, a black-tie auction which serves as the event’s primary fundraiser. This year, 24 trees were auctioned at the gala, and were purchased for prices ranging from $500 to $3,250. This year’s gala was hosted by charity auctioneer Scott Robertson and WINK News anchor Stacey Adams.
The Festival of Trees and the Tux & Trees Gala support Goodwill’s mission of helping people with disabilities and other disadvantages. More information about Goodwill is available at http://www.goodwillswfl.org.
To become involved in the 2010 Festival of Trees, visit http://www.tuxandtrees.com or contact (239) 995-2106 ext. 249.
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Goodwill operates 24 thrift stores in SW Florida to support its mission of removing barriers to independence. Programs include income-sensitive housing, career placement assistance, the L.I.F.E. Academy Charter School, Four Wheels for Work, and others.