Tickets are on sale now for the 10th annual Festival of Trees, which will take place Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. at Weymouth Country Club. The event features live and silent auctions of uniquely decorated trees and other holiday décor items, as well as dinner and wine.
Proceeds from the auction and ticket sales benefit the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, whose mission is to improve the lives of women and children in Medina County and to encourage philanthropy among them. Last year’s event raised more than $25,000 and helped increase the fund’s grantmaking to agencies such as the Children’s Center of Medina County and LifeAct.
“This festive event is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season,” said Diane Meckes, MCWEF board member and Festival of Trees Committee co-chair. “Guests can start their holiday shopping as they bid on highly sought-after auction items and gift packages, while ultimately supporting women and children in Medina County.”
Tickets are $45 per person, or $425 to host a table of eight, and can be purchased online at www.akroncf.org/FestivalofTrees or by calling 330-376-8522. Doors open at 5:30 the night of the event, and festivities start at 6 p.m.
This year’s major sponsors include ABC Therapy Ltd., Hunter Insurance Agency/Grange Insurance, Summa Health System, Therapeutic Associates of Medina and Western Reserve Masonic Community. Castle Noel owner Mark Klaus will serve as the evening’s master of ceremonies.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available and can be secured by contacting Diane Meckes at 330-472-0458 or [email protected]. The fund is also accepting donations of live and silent auction items, including service packages, gift items, and festively decorated trees and décor items. To learn more about the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, visit www.medinawomensendowment.org.
About the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund
The Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund, an affiliate of Akron Community Foundation, was established in 1998 to improve the lives of women and children in Medina County. The mission of the Medina County Women’s Endowment Fund is to fund organizations and programs in Medina County that support women and children, to serve as a catalyst for needed projects, and to assist women in their growth as philanthropists. The fund encourages the advancement and full participation of women and children in the community and in society. In addition, it supports organizations and programs that create opportunities for the educational, physical, emotional, social, artistic and personal growth of women and children. Since the fund’s establishment, it has grown to nearly $350,000 and awarded more than $135,000 in grants. For more information, or to contribute to the Medina County Women’s Endowment fund, go to www.medinawomensendowment.org.
About Akron Community Foundation
Celebrating 61 years of building community philanthropy, Akron Community Foundation embraces and enhances the work of charitable people who make a permanent commitment to the good of the community. In 1955, a $1 million bequest from the estate of Edwin Shaw established the community foundation. As of June 30, 2016, it is a philanthropic endowment of nearly $182 million with a growing family of 540 funds established by charitable people and organizations from all walks of life. The community foundation and its funds welcome gifts of all kinds, including cash, bequests, stock, real estate, life insurance and retirement assets, just to name a few. To date, the community foundation’s funds have awarded more than $133 million in grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. For more information about Akron Community Foundation or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, call 330-376-8522 or visit www.akroncf.org.