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Festival of Trees Announces 2015 “People’s Choice” Winners
By: Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc.
“The competition for the People’s Choice awards has become a big part of the Festival,” says Goodwill spokesperson Madison Mitchell. “Everyone always has a hard time picking their favorites. The tree designers definitely get into some friendly competition over it, too.”
Most coveted is the Best All-Around award, which this year was presented to long-time Festival participant Univision, for their “Magic of the Nutcracker” tree. Its 9-foot tree was decorated with beautiful nutcrackers, red ribbons, and gold tone ornaments. The tree also came with a full page ad in D’Latinos Magazine, a 49’’ LG Ultra 4K HDTV, Dinner at Komoon Thai Sushi & Ceviche, and 10 Univision VIP-Box tickets for Florida Everblades vs. Brampton at Germain Arena. The overall value was $3,600.
The tree designed by The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center was also a crowd favorite at the festival. The tree, titled “‘Holiday Spirit” won the Most Creative ribbon from festivalgoers and came with approx.. 118 bottles of wine on a custom-made tree-style wine rack. The tree was also accompanied by a 5-course dinner and wine for 10 at the home of Fran Fenning, catered by G3 Catering. The overall value of the tree was $5000. The win puts them as the only tree designer who has won every category of the People’s Choice at the Festival.
Winner of the Most Traditional award was The Home Depot’s “Let’s Do This: Let Home Depot Tools Help” tree. The 9-ft. tree was decorated in brilliant shades of red, and gold and was accompanied by a giant rolling stand-up tool chest, assorted power tools and accessories, and $300 in The Home Depot gift cards. The total value of the tree was $1500.
Mayor’s Choice, for the second year in a row, went to CenturyLink. Its “Joy to the World” 7-foot tree was decorated in a travel theme, complete with a globe-style tree-topper. The tree was accompanied by a 5-piece “Open Seas” Nautica luggage set, and a 22’’ Italian style globe bar with wine and glasses, wrapped in replica 16th century nautical maps from the National Museum of Science. The tree was valued at $2000.
“I picked this beautiful tree, because I’m inspired by the message it sends,” says Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson of CenturyLink’
The award-winning trees, along with the 18 others displayed at the Festival, were auctioned or raffled throughout the Festival.
The Festival of Trees is presented with the assistance of major sponsorships from The Home Depot, Two Men and a Truck, Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry, LLC, G3 Catering, GCG Construction, Balcon Enterprises, Hahn, Loeser, & Parks, Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., Honc Marine, Lee Designs, The News-Press Media Group, Priority Payments, Ryder, Sunny 106.3, Univision, and Westco.
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