“This year’s Festival is bigger than ever,” says Mitchell. “On Saturday, November 24 we have a Brunch with Santa, and an outdoor street festival. In the evening The River District will be celebrating its annual Holiday Stroll and the Art Center will host a special holiday concert by the Beatles tribute band “The Nowhere Band”.
Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson will be on hand Saturday, November 24 to light the wreath outside the Art Center before the concert begins.
The 2012 Festival of Trees is open to the public during the following times:
Friday, Nov. 23, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 24, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 25, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 26, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 29, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 30, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Families are invited to bring their little ones to the Festival’s Children’s Holiday Workshop. For a $6.00 per child admission fee, children can play holiday games, create ornaments and cards, enjoy stories, and more. The workshop is open Friday, November 23, Saturday, November 24, and Sunday, November 25. Visit www.tuxandtrees.com for times and special pricing.
“There is a very eclectic mix of trees this year,” says Madison Mitchell, Goodwill’s Community Relations Coordinator. “We have a wine themed tree, an upside down tree, gift certificates galore to jewelry designers, restaurants, and salons, a Star Wars Planetarium, and so much more. There truly is something for everyone.”
Returning designers include Axis Natural Medicine, Benzing Technologies, BJs Wholesale Club, CenturyLink, Costco, Health & Harmony Center, Hotel Indigo, LCEC, Media Vista Group, River District Alliance, Rotary Club of North Fort Myers, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Staging Matters & Riverside Reality, The Home Depot, and Two Men and a Truck. New designers include Edgewood Academy, Grandeur Magazine, Gulf Coast Town Center, Mark Loren Designs, Mini De-Lights Miniature Club, Norris Home Furnishings, and Seminole Casino Immokalee.
The charitable and glamorous Tux & Trees Gala concludes the Festival on Saturday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. All of the Festival’s trees will be sold during an exciting live auction, while wreaths and other extravagant items will be available in a silent auction. The evening will be hosted by Stacey Adams of WINK News and auctioneer Mike Joyce of Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry. Tickets to the Tux & Trees Gala are $100 per person.
For those who are unable to attend the Gala but, don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to bring home one of the Festival’s beautiful trees there is a special tree up for raffle. The Golden Ticket tree is an elaborately decorated 4-ft. tree with elegant, gold ornaments and completed with over $1,000 in gift certificates for spa treatments from Natalie’s Skin Solutions. The raffle tickets will be on sale throughout the Festival. Tickets are 1 for $25 or 3 for $50.
Last year’s Festival and Gala raised $56,000 to support the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation, which provides long-term financial support to programs and services of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida. In 2011, Goodwill helped 23,000 Southwest Floridians with disabilities and other disadvantages become more independent.
For more information, or to purchase Tux & Trees Gala tickets, visit www.tuxandtrees.com or call (239) 995-2106 ext. 2213.