Statement issued Wednesday:
Fort Wayne, Ind., November 24, 2010 - Judges of the annual Embassy Theatre Festival of Trees awarded prizes today to tree decorators. Be Merry. Be Bright. Be Colorful., decorated by Vera Bradley, was awarded Best in Show.
Award winners in other categories included:
Best Live Tree Design – Sounds of the Season…, decorated by Harvest Elegance, sponsored by Indiana Michigan Power.
Best Traditional Theme Design – Christmas Morning Memories, decorated by Young's Greenhouse & Flower Shop, sponsored by Indiana's NewsCenter.
Most Creativity – Artisan's Palette, decorated by Armstrong Flowers, Sherry Reinking, sponsored by Raymond James & Associates.
First Place Artificial Tree Design – Musical Christmas Treet, decorated by Embassy Theatre Organ Crew, sponsored by Embassy Theatre Organ Crew & Raytheon.
Second Place Artificial Tree Design – If You Can't Be Handy, Be Handsome, decorated by Corner House, David & Kathy James, sponsored by WFWA PBS-39.
Third Place Artificial Tree Design – Puttin' on the Glitz, decorated by Armstrong Flowers, Sherry Reinking, sponsored by Steel Dynamics.
Judges were Lisa Goodman; Jack Hammer, Three Rivers Festival; and John O'Connell, IPFW. Prize winners receive framed Festival of Trees artwork designed by Emily Ellison of Asher Agency. People's Choice Awards will be announced when the Embassy Festival of Trees concludes on Nov. 30.
Built in 1928, the historic Embassy Theatre features national productions from the Broadway stage, concerts of all musical formats, cinema, educational programming and a continued commitment to young people. For more information, visit www.fwembassytheatre.org.