Festival of Trees to Benefit Friends of Caroline Hospice Celebrating 20 Years of Successful Fundraising

Monday: Opening Reception, Charles L. Brown Activity Center (formerly the Greene Street Gym), 6:30 - 9pm, Tuesday - Friday: 11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Beaufort, SC, October 24, 2008 --(PR.com)-- The 2008 Festival of Trees to benefit Friends of Caroline Hospice marks the 20th consecutive year of successful fundraising with new additions to the event.

The festival will begin on Monday, December 9, with the opening reception, open to the public and run through Saturday, December 13 at the Charles L. Brown Activity Center (formerly the Greene Street Gym). Tickets for the event will be available at various store locations displaying a “Hot Spot” decal in the window.

For the past 20 years, Festival of Trees has been Friends of Caroline Hospice’s largest fundraiser. Festival supporters and volunteer leadership, old and new, make this event more remarkable each year. Last year the festival raised a record-breaking $100,000 and looks forward to continuing the success that helps benefit thousands of individuals and families.

"We are so grateful of our supportive community for making this festival such a hit,” said Event Coordinator Sally Mitchell. “Friends of Caroline Hospice improves the quality of life for many terminally ill patients and their family members and we are proud of all the support the community and volunteers continue to provide each year.”

The 2008 chairpeople have been named this year. The chairs include Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy and Robin Boozer and Dr. and Mrs. Steve Kessel. “Friends of Caroline Hospice (Friends) is an organization that we have supported for many years,” said the Boozers. “We both believe that Friends is an integral part of our community and that their services are invaluable. Volunteering in Beaufort and giving back to both our military and civilian community is so important to both of us.”

“We strongly support Friends of Caroline Hospice in everything the organization does for our community,” said Dr. Kessel. “It is an honor for us to be named chairs this year.”

Also, new this year, Festival of Trees announces the “Blue Christmas Tree” in which the public may purchase ornaments to decorate in memory of a loved one. The Blue Christmas Tree will be on display during the week of the festival.

A limited number of trees are available for sponsorship. To reserve a tree, please contact Jennifer Bailey at 521-1670 or via email at jenniferbailey08@gmail.com. Also, visit the Festival website at www.festivaloftreesbeaufort.com to download a form. The festival is also available as a venue for an office party for a minimal donation. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights are still available. Please contact Sally Mitchell at 843-812-4304 to reserve space for your party.

Festival of Trees Beaufort
Jane Skager