AmeriLife® Partners with UPARC as Presenting Sponsor for 2014 Festival of Trees

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As Presenting Sponsor for the 30th Annual Festival of Trees event, AmeriLife is collaborating with UPARC Foundation to bring this year's Candyland Christmas theme to life.

AmeriLife Presents Sponsorship Check to UPARC Foundation for 2014 Festival of Trees Event

AmeriLife President Gary Jenkins Presents Festival of Trees Sponsorship Check to UPARC Foundation's Madison Hauenstein and Jessica Petot.

As planning for the 2014 Festival of Trees is underway, AmeriLife, the largest annuity, life and health insurance marketing group in America, has partnered with UPARC, a not-for-profit corporation that provides services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as the Presenting Sponsor for this year’s 30th annual event.

Donating $20,000 to support UPARC and the 2014 Festival of Trees, AmeriLife is also collaborating to help bring this year’s Candyland Christmas theme to life by designing and printing various materials for the event. The company has grown its involvement with Festival of Trees over the last few years, decorating a tree in 2012, and participating as the Feature Tree in 2013. As Presenting Sponsor for 2014, a team of AmeriLife associates will also have the opportunity to decorate a 9 ft. tree to join the forest of trees that will line the Candyland streets at the festival and be auctioned to benefit UPARC.

"We are honored and grateful to welcome AmeriLife as the Presenting Sponsor for UPARC Foundation's 30th Anniversary Festival of Trees,” said Madison Hauenstein, Development and Communications Coordinator for UPARC Foundation. “UPARC has relied on strong community support for the last 50 years and it is because of partnerships with companies like AmeriLife that we will continue to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Tampa Bay area.”

Renowned in the Tampa Bay area as a holiday festival in a family-centered fantasyland and a signature event supporting UPARC, Festival of Trees promises to be a memorable way to get into the Christmas spirit. This year, guests will stroll through the colorful streets of Candyland as The Long Center gymnasium is transformed into a whimsical winter wonderland lined with candy treats and filled with cheer and fun for all ages.

Showcasing over 125 trees and wreaths, as well as vendor booths to help guests start their holiday shopping early, Festival of Trees will also offer complimentary photos with Santa and the opportunity for youngsters to create special crafts to take home with them.

“Festival of Trees is a great opportunity to celebrate the holiday season, while supporting a worthy cause,” explains AmeriLife President, Gary Jenkins. “AmeriLife is thrilled to be Presenting Sponsor as Festival of Trees celebrates its 30th Anniversary. We look forward to helping UPARC make this year’s event one of the best yet.”

About Festival of Trees and UPARC Foundation
Established in 1984, the Festival of Trees has raised more than a million dollars and welcomed more than 10,000 people each year to become the traditional opening of the holiday season in Tampa Bay.

UPARC is a not-for-profit corporation that demonstrates excellence in providing services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Founded in 1958, UPARC operates residential group homes and adult day services in Clearwater, Tarpon Springs and a unique art studio in Safety Harbor. People served by UPARC range from having mild to moderate developmental disabilities to severe, profound disabilities, such as autism, Prader-Willi Syndrome and dually diagnosed behavioral intensive disorders.

About AmeriLife
AmeriLife is the nation’s premier insurance marketing group. Founded in 1971, AmeriLife represents more than 30 national insurance carriers, has 15 individual national marketing organizations, 33 career agency branch locations and works with thousands of independent insurance agents across the country.

For additional information about UPARC Foundation or Festival of Trees, please call Jessica Petot or Madison Hauenstein at 727-797-8712 or email Info(at)UPARCFoundation(dot)org. For more information about AmeriLife or its involvement with UPARC and the Festival of Trees, please contact AmeriLife Marketing Communications at Media(at)AmeriLife(dot)com.

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