It was another successful year for the Union Hospital Auxiliary as it wrapped up its 24th Annual “Warther’s Christmas Tree Festival” held in the Warther’s Carvings Museum at Dover.
An estimated 4,500 people of all ages came to enjoy the nearly 90 Christmas trees on display, along with various other items, during the festival held Nov. 11-19.
Connie Finton of New Philadelphia, founder and chairwoman of the Warther’s Christmas Tree Festival for the Auxiliary, extended her thanks to the community for its outstanding support for another year.
“We are so grateful for all of the participating tree sponsors, for those who take the time to create and decorate trees, to everyone who attends the festival and festival events, and to the entire Tuscarawas Valley for how it kicks off the Christmas season with us each year,” Finton said. “The volunteers who spend so much time throughout the year getting ready for this event are so dedicated and so talented, and I am grateful to them for all they do.”
Finton also expressed the Auxiliary’s thanks to the Warther family for opening the world-famous Warther Museum for this annual fund-raising event.
The Auxiliary Christmas Tree Festival Committee also has announced the winners of the People’s Choice Awards, honoring the favorite large tree and favorite small tree as voted on by the people who attend the festival.
“I’m Dreaming of a Tribe Christmas” was the selection of the People’s Choice Award for the favorite large tree. The tree was sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Jeff Dapoz.
The People’s Choice Award for the favorite small tree was won by “Have a Furry Merry Christmas,” sponsored by WTUZ Radio of New Philadelphia.
While the final fund-raising totals still are being computed, Finton said she believes proceeds from the festival could exceed last year’s total.
Proceeds from the Christmas Tree Festival, along with all of the other Auxiliary projects held during the year, are donated to Union Hospital. These donations are used to purchase patient care equipment and for improvements at the hospital, such as the Union Hospital Lauren Emergency Center.
Details about the Union Hospital Auxiliary can be found on the hospital’s website at www.unionhospital.org, and on the Auxiliary page on Facebook.