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FHN Names Community Festival of Trees Winners


The fourth-grade class at Lincoln-Douglas Elementary School is this year's Community Festival of Trees People's Choice winner, with 319 votes and a $500 prize. The school's tree, Illinois Pride... County Wide, along with all of the other beautiful entries, will be on display at the Freeport Public Library through Saturday, Dec. 31. All of the prize winners – both the panel of judges' choices and the People's Choice winners – will be marked with a sign.

This year's Community Festival of Trees drew 25 entries, and a total of 1,041 People's Choice ballots were cast from December 4 – 17.

Jingle All the Way to the Finish by the YMCA Bluefin Swim Team won second place in People's Choice voting this year, with 238 votes. The Bluefins will receive a $200 check. The Sojourn House tree, Jingle all the Way to Recovery, will receive a $100 check as the third place People's Choice winner.

There were no crossover winners between the Community Festival of Trees judges and the People's Choice winners. Jingle All the Way to Several Counties in a Day Picking Up Friends in Our Homemade Sleigh We All Participate in a Holiday Play by Willowglen Academy of Illinois won top honors from the judges, and will receive a $500 check.

The Happy Hatters Red Hat Club garnered second place amongst the judges with its Making Spirits Bright tree. The Happy Hatters will receive a $300 check.

The judges awarded third place and a $150 check to the Freeport Chapter of Therapy Dogs International for its tree The Jingle of Dog Tags Brings Warm Cheer!

The volunteer judges for this year's Community Festival of Trees were FHN Foundation Executive Director Terry Egan, FHN Memorial Hospital Gift Shop Coordinator Sally Kahler, Freeport Art Museum Director Jennifer Kirker-Priest and Barb Green, a member of the Freeport Public Library Board of Trustees.

The Community Festival of Trees is part of FHN's 20th annual Festival of Trees celebration. Each year, FHN sponsors a full slate of activities in November and December for the Festival of Trees, from this year's Partini and Singin' at the King to the Holiday Movie Series to a flurry of Santa visits at Freeport Public Library.