Tree sponsorship allows businesses, organizations, and individuals to market themselves in a whole new way, explains Goodwill spokeswoman Kirsten O’Donnell.
“Our tree sponsors have represented just about every possible type of business in our area,” says O’Donnell. “Civic groups, hotels, construction companies, utility providers, retail stores, financial planners, and even pet groomers. It’s a great way to get exposure in front of 5,000 people in just one week.”
Tree sponsors are responsible for decorating a 7-foot holiday tree, and investing a minimum of $500 in decorations and gifts. Because the trees are auctioned to support the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation, the sponsorship is a tax-deductible contribution.
In exchange for their support, sponsors receive tickets to the elegant Tux & Trees Gala and live auction, to be held at the conclusion of the Festival on December 3. Tree sponsors are also recognized in local media, online, and at the event.
Other sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from $50 to advertise in the Gala program, to the $10,000 Presenting Sponsorship. General and in-kind donations are also welcome.
For more information or to become a sponsor, call (239) 652-1649 or visit http://www.tuxandtrees.com.
The Festival of Trees and the Tux & Trees Gala are the signature events of the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation (http://www.goodwillswfl.org). In just four years, these events have raised more than $215,000 to support Goodwill’s programs and services for people with disabilities and other disadvantages in our community.
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The Festival of Trees and Tux &Trees Gala are held annually in the Fort Myers River District, beginning the day after Thanksgiving. The events are signature fundraisers of the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation.