A Christmas Competition: St. Francis Festival of Trees Announces Design Winners

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26th Annual Event Raises Funds to Help Medically Underserved People in Local Community

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In the lobbies of three Greenville hotels, flashes of light and tinsel vie for attention and for design awards in the 26th Anniversary Festival of Trees. With 90 sponsors and 86 designers “putting on the Ritz,” 86 trees graced the Hyatt Regency Downtown, the Hampton Inn & Suites RiverPlace and the Courtyard-Greenville Downtown. Through the donated efforts of local interior decorators, designers and florists along with sponsor employees and local school children, the Festival of Trees is aglow in the gem tones of the season, drawing families and schoolchildren from throughout the Upstate.

A panel of judges from the community had the difficult task of selecting winning trees in four categories: Business, Professional, Organizations and Schools. Awards were based on creativity, unique design and overall presentation of the tree. The “Overall Best Tree” for 2012 was awarded to the Pepsi of Greenville tree designed by Jacqueline Osborne of AAA Locksmiths & Alarm Company. (See the complete list of winners in all design categories, included.)

About the St. Francis Foundation
The St. Francis Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Its mission is to stimulate and receive charitable gifts, which will benefit the programs and services of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. The Foundation has a volunteer Board of Trustees which has fiduciary responsibility for the dollars needed. All donations given to the St. Francis Foundation stay in Greenville to benefit the patients and employees of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. The annual Festival of Trees supports the Mission of Bon Secours to be of “good help” to the poor, sick and dying and to provide quality health care to the indigent, uninsured and underserved in Greenville.

For more information about the St. Francis Foundation or the Festival of Trees, please call 255-1199 or visit http://www.stfrancisfoundation.com.


Sponsor: Pepsi of Greenville; Designer: AAA Locksmiths & Alarm Co. /Designs by J. Osborne

1st Place     Sponsor: Carolina Holdings, Inc.; Designer: AAA Locksmiths & Alarm Co. /Designs by J. Osborne    

2nd Place     Sponsor: Piedmont Orthopaedics; Designer: AAA Locksmiths & Alarm Co. /Designs by J. Osborne

3rd Place     Sponsor: UltraTan; Designer: AAA Locksmiths & Alarm Co. /Designs by J. Osborne

Honorable Mention
             Sponsor: AAA Locksmiths & Alarm Co. /Designs by J. Osborne; Designer: AAA Locksmiths & Alarm Co. /Designs by J. Osborne    

1st Place     Sponsor: Wal-Mart Foundation; Designer: DSP Designs

2nd Place     Sponsor: Wells Fargo; Designer: Expressions Unlimited, Inc.

3rd Place     Sponsor: Hyatt Regency, Designer: Dahlia, a Florist

Honorable Mention     Sponsor: Hampton Inn & Suites; Designer: Brian Hollifield

1st Place     Sponsor: BMW Manufacturing; Designer: St. Francis Nursing Administration

2nd Place     Sponsor: Upstate Cardiology; Designer: Greenville County Women’s Farm Bureau

3rd Place     Sponsor: St. Francis Federal Credit Union; Designer: Gail Reeves

Honorable Mention     Sponsor: Pediatrix Medical Group; Designer: St. Francis Neonatal Care Center

1st place     Sponsor: Charter Media; Designer: Simpsonville Methodist Academy

2nd Place     Sponsor: Plastic Surgery Associates; Designer: Sew Creative Kids & Teens

3rd Place     Sponsor: Ricoh Americas Corporation; Designer: Hunt Meadows Elementary    

Honorable Mention     Sponsor: The Rushing Foundation; Designer: Bob Jones Academy


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