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Festival of Trees raises $5,000

Friends Cayleigh Fitzurka, left, and Callie Baker admire the decorated Christmas trees on display at the third annual Hosanna Industries Festival of Trees last Saturday.

ADAMS TWP — A good time was had by holiday revelers last Saturday, and a good bit of money was raised for Hosanna Industries.

Hosanna had its third annual Festival of Trees that day at Quality Gardens on Route 228, and it brought in $5,000 for Hosanna's charity programs.

Amanda Becker, spokesman for Hosanna, said the event had people voting on and buying Christmas trees that were decorated by businesses, agencies and individuals.

Becker said of the 46 trees, the most expensive was a $250 fir with the theme “Honeybee Mine.”

She said it was decorated by three people who festooned the fir with honeybees and honey in little pots. A real beehive was placed on top of the tree instead of a star.

“It was really cool,” Becker said.

She said all 46 trees, which ranged in price from $20 to $250, were bought on Saturday.

Those who attended the event could vote for their favorite tree by dropping dollar bills into a receptacle in front of each tree.

Becker said one of the trees was called “Grandeur.” It was created by a group of friends who each donated elegant red, gold or silver ornaments for the tree.

“There were some really expensive, gorgeous ornaments on it,” she said.The money raised mainly will be used to fund a Hosanna program to aid low-income homeowners who need help with essential construction projects.