Friday, December 07, 2018 1:00 am
Festival of Trees announces seasonal favorites
The 2018 Festival of Trees, which ran Nov. 21-28, attracted 22,459 visitors to downtown Fort Wayne.
Lobbies of Embassy Theatre and Indiana Hotel were transformed into a wonderland of Christmas trees under the theme of “White Christmas.” The annual fundraiser and community event featured a record 65 decorated Christmas trees, a news release issued Thursday said.
Founded in 1984, the Festival of Trees supports operational and restoration efforts for the Embassy Theatre Foundation. The festival is the organization's largest annual fundraising event.
Embassy staffers tallied patrons' votes for favorite trees to determine the following People's Choice Award winners:
1st place – “It's A White Christmas on Sesame Street,” sponsored by PBS39, decorated by Lisa Rysiawa, Jodi Hamilton and Melissa Meadors
2nd place – “To Grandmother's House We Go,” sponsored by Meijer Stores Inc., decorated by the Meijer team
3rd place – “We Wish Who a Merry Grinchmas,” sponsored by Roto-Rooter Plumbers, decorated by Sherry Elward, John Elward, Jolene Evans, Stephanie Schoenherr and Deb Cottrell
The 2018 tree decorator awards were announced at the Nov. 20 sponsors' preview night. Judges for the decorator awards were John O'Connell, Purdue Fort Wayne; Julie Wall, the HEDGE; and Maddie Miller, Artlink.
1st place – “We Wish Who a Merry Grinchmas,” sponsored by Roto-Rooter Plumbers and decorated by Sherry Elward, John Elward, Jolene Evans, Stephanie Schoenherr and Deb Cottrell
2nd place – “(Gnome) Home for the Holidays,” sponsored by Ruoff Home Mortgage and decorated by Ruoff Home Mortgage
3rd place – “White Christmas: The Blizzard of '78,” sponsored by Fort Wayne Newspapers and decorated by Dinah Gibson and Aja Michael-Keller
Festival of Trees raffle winners were:
Wells Fargo money tree (cash) – Molly McIntire, Decatur
Jefferson Pointe tree (gift certificates) – Ron Hubbard, Fort Wayne
TinCaps baseball tree (season tickets) – Kristine Richardson, Fort Wayne
Swan Lake tree (show tickets) – Mark Troyer, Fort Wayne
Broadway tree (show tickets) – Dan Smith, Fort Wayne
Peg Perego tree (children's toys) – Kelly Skeel, Fort Wayne
Komets tree (game tickets) – Tessa Dutton, Fort Wayne
Vera Bradley (gift set) – Kendall Laven, Flossmoor, Ill.