Festival of Trees finds a new sponsor; York event will continue in 2014

The 18th annual Festival of Trees wraps up tonight in York. As of last week, it faced an uncertain future, with the York County Council of Churches closing its doors at the end of the year.

Lou Girolami, manager of reFindings, York's architectural warehouse, places the final touches on his tree entry for the 2013 Festival of Trees in York. The 18th annual Festival of Trees kicks off Friday and is the last event sponsored by the York County Council of Churches. The 60-year-old ecumenical organization is disbanding at the end of the year. (Paul Kuehnel - Daily Record/Sunday News)

Lou Girolami, manager of reFindings, York’s architectural warehouse, places the final touches on his tree entry for the 2013 Festival of Trees in York. The 18th annual Festival of Trees kicks off Friday and is the last event sponsored by the York County Council of Churches. The 60-year-old ecumenical organization is disbanding at the end of the year. (Paul Kuehnel – Daily Record/Sunday News)

The event has been the main fundraiser for the council — netting $22,000 last year — and this year’s proceeds is being divided among York nonprofits, council officials have said.

After my story ran Friday, I received an email update from Victoria Connor at the York County Bar Association. The Local Hunger Foundation, the charitable arm of the York County Food Bank, has agreed to run the Festival of Trees moving forward, she told me.

In addition, several charities have been selected to receive this year’s proceeds. The list includes: Access-York, ARC of York County, Tannenberg Organ fund (York Heritage Trust), Otterbein United Methodist Church and CROP walk.

So it looks like tonight won’t be the finale for this York event.

IF YOU GO

What: 2013 Festival of Trees

When: 5 p.m. today,Festival of Foods, with the auction at 6:30 p.m.

Where: The Historical Society Museum at the York County Heritage Trust, 250 E. Market St., York

Cost: $18 Festival of Foods and auction; Children 12 and under are free.

Details: Visit www.yccchurches.org/festivaloftrees.

About John Hilton

I grew up in Susquehanna County, Pa. and graduated Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism/political science in 1998. After working for nearly three years for a weekly paper in upstate New York, I came to southcentral Pennsylvania. I spent 13 years as a reporter and editor for The Sentinel in Carlisle and joined the York Daily Record as religion reporter in September 2011.
This entry was posted in Local events and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>