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Delaware Hospice holds Festival of Trees

Dec 10, 2013
Photo by: Steven Billups

Delaware Hospice held its Annual Sussex County Festival of Trees Nov. 22-24. The Holiday Gala kicked off the event on Friday with food and entertainment. The festival is made possible through the support of the community. 

Hundreds of volunteers help organize and run the events; businesses and individuals sponsor trees and wreaths, which are decorated by artisans who donate their time and talent. 

At the close of the festival, the trees and wreaths are delivered to the sponsor’s selected destination, which is often another nonprofit organization.

Delaware Hospice Board members and Delaware Hospice staff gathered in front of a few of the decorated trees for a photo. Shown are (l-r) Delaware Hospice Board of Trustees members Tom Hoyer and Ronda Douglas, Vice President of Development Manny Arencibia and Assistant Director of Development Peggy Dolby.

Delaware Hospice volunteer Becky Carney was joined at the event by her husband and event volunteer Marvin Carney. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Auctioneer Rep. Dave Wilson, R-Bridgeville, and live auction Chair Rosalie Walls meet before the start of the live auction. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
This patriotic bear decorates one of the many trees on display raising funds for Delaware Hospice. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Enjoying the food donated by local restaurants are (l-r) Fred and Tina Downs, Sheri Forbes-Houston and Park McDaniel. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Dewey Beach Commissioner Anna Legates shares some time with Helen Schnoebelen. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Standing next to the tree inspired by the children of the New Hope program, a program for children who have experienced the death of a loved one, are Delaware Hospice Hero Award recipients. Al Morris, left, received the Staff Hero Award, and Peggy Garrett-Davis received the Volunteer Hero Award. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Admiring a tree sponsored by Bayhealth and decorated by Delmarva Arts are Jackie Mancuso, left, and Barbara Coffin. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
Delaware Hospice Craft Elves were on hand selling handmade crafts and various holiday decorations. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
At the silent auction table are Delaware Hospice documentation specialist Claire Aiello, left, with silent auction bidder Connie Catts. (Photo by: Steven Billups)
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