“This is what the holidays are all about,” said AmeriLife CEO, Timothy O. North.
Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) November 25, 2014
As the centerpiece of the Live Auction of UPARC Foundation’s Festival of Trees, Tampa Bay Premiere Night on Friday, November 21, 2014, AmeriLife’s ‘Mischief in the Candy Castle’ featured tree raise an astounding $2,500 to benefit UPARC.
AmeriLife, the premiere annuity, life and health insurance marketing group in America, 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 Festival of Trees celebration. Building on the success of last year’s 9 foot featured tree, which sold for $2,300, AmeriLife was showcased again as the event’s featured tree, which is custom-decorated, donated to the event and auctioned off to benefit UPARC.
Drawing the attention of the over 9,000 people that visited this year’s Festival of Trees, Tampa Bay event from November 21-23, 2014, AmeriLife’s beautiful 10 foot Christmas tree was decorated by a team of employees from AmeriLife and its subsidiaries (Kathy Blais, Kelly Atkinson, Megan Brannigan, Anne LaConte-Polz, and Morgan North). Whether they were swinging from licorice or trying to find their way into a gumball machine without the proper change, the elves on this year’s tree could also be spotted with chocolate-covered hands or sneaking away with cupcakes and ice cream.
As Presenting Sponsor for this year’s event, AmeriLife donated $20,000 to support UPARC and the 2014 Festival of Trees. The company also helped to bring life to this year’s Candyland Christmas theme by designing and printing various marketing materials and signage.
“This is what the holidays are all about,” said AmeriLife CEO, Timothy O. North, “Giving back to our local community and supporting such a great organization! We’re proud to have served as Presenting Sponsor for this year’s Festival of Trees event and thrilled with the money we helped to raise both as a sponsor and in decorating the featured tree.”
Renowned in the Tampa Bay area as a holiday festival in a family-centered fantasyland and a signature event supporting UPARC, Festival of Trees allowed guests to stroll through the colorful streets of Candyland as The Long Center gymnasium was transformed into a whimsical winter forest lined with candy treats. Showcasing over 150 trees and wreaths, as well as vendor booths to help guests start their holiday shopping early, Festival of Trees also offer photos with Santa and the opportunity for youngsters to enjoy special activities in the Children’s Village.
About Festival of Trees and UPARC Foundation
Established in 1984, the Festival of Trees has raised more than $1 million 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.
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 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 email Media(at)AmeriLife(dot)com.