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Festival of Trees fundraiser having great year

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 10:55 am

This year's Festival of Trees at the Embassy Theatre wraps up Wednesday and indications are it will be a very successful fundraiser for the nonprofit historic theater.

Dana Berkes, marketing director for the Embassy, said this has been a great year for the event. As of Monday, they have had more than 600-800 people more through the event than they had last year. In addition they have had the largest number of trees on display, 55, compared to 54 last year. Several years ago they were maxing out in the high 40s.

New this year, and very popular, is the TinCaps baseball tree. Visitors can guess the number of baseballs on the tree and win a season ticket package as well as a $100 gift certificate to the TinCaps' store. Berkes said they plan to have the tree again next year, although they will change the number of balls on the tree.

The Festival of Trees, now in its 28th year is the largest fundraiser for the Historic Theater and in past years has grossed around $100,000. The money goes to support and maintain the historic facility.

The event is open Tuesday and Wednesday, the last two days of the eight-day event. The hours are from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under, children under 3 get in free.

Editor's Note: News-Sentinel reporter Ellie Bogue is the wife of the Embassy's fundraising director.