Festival of Trees celebrates 30 years

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LUMBERTON, NC – Southeastern Hospice’s annual Festival of Trees will celebrate “Pearls of Strength” during this year’s 30th anniversary event which begins Sunday, Dec. 6 at 1 pm.
The annual holiday benefit for Southeastern Hospice, Southeastern Health’s program of care for terminally ill patients and their families, will kick off its 30th celebration with a preview party for sponsors and decorators on Saturday, Dec. 5 with special guest Congressman Richard Hudson, who is serving his second term in the United States Congress representing North Carolina’s 8th Congressional District. The preview event will also recognize donors and decorators for their support and dedication over the past 30 years.
The Festival, which features exquisitely-decorated theme trees, is being held in the Osterneck Auditorium at 102 N. Chestnut Street, directly across from the Robeson County Public Library, Sunday, Dec. 6 from 1 until 5 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 7-8, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Fresh-baked goodies, specialty food, crafts and gift items, such as holiday ornaments, wreaths and centerpieces, are being sold in the Festival’s Santa Shop gift shop, which operates only during the days of the Festival.
A special Memorial Tree, which features the names of Southeastern Hospice patients who have passed away over the past year, will also be featured at the event.
Southeastern Health Marketing Coordinator Ann McLean has coordinated the Festival since it first began.
“Each year, I continue to get excited about the Festival and what it means to this community and to Southeastern Health’s hospice program,” said McLean. “Vickie Atkinson and her team at Southeastern Hospice and Southeastern Hospice House do an excellent job in taking care of terminally ill patients and their families.”
Tickets for the Festival can be purchased at the door. Admission is $3 for adults; $2 for seniors and children over the age of 12. Children under 12 and members of Southeastern Health’s PrivilegesPlus program who present their membership card will be admitted at no charge.
All proceeds benefit Southeastern Hospice, Southeastern Hospice House and Camp Care, a summer camp for children ages 8-16 who have lost a loved one, and donations are tax deductible. For more information about the Festival, call (910) 671-5577.

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