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Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

December 6, 2012
By Kathleen Palumbo , Town Crier correspondent

The perfect Christmas tree does more than decorate a room, it can transform a mood with its power to calm, excite, entertain, and even serve as a conversation starter.

At Humility of Mary Health Partner's Festival of Trees, visitors can delight in the ambiance of dozens of Christmas trees as well as take a chance on becoming the proud of owner of their favorite.

The event, which began Friday, Nov. 30, will conclude at noon Friday, Dec. 7 when drawings will take place and the raffle winners will be notified.

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Photo by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
Gina Mook, Administrative Assistant to Director of Nursing at Humility of Mary Health Partners, Boardman, is pictured with the Angels for Animals tree, one of 31 uniquely decorated Christmas trees at the Boardman facility as part of its annual Festival of Trees.

According to Gina Mook, administrative assistant to the director of nursing at Humility of Mary Health Partners, Boardman, tree sponsors are able to choose between a four-foot and a seven-foot tree and the choice of adding additional gifts is optional as well.

With 31 trees to choose from at the Boardman facility, the event certainly has something to catch the eye of everyone, from a Halloween tree, to a lottery tree, and a tree featuring numerous four-legged hopeful family members awaiting adoption through Angels for Animals, many who may find something Santa can't bring a home and a family of their own just in time for Christmas.

Area residents are invited to visit any one of Humility of Mary Health Partners' three acute care hospitals during the Festival of Trees, as the event takes place at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, St. Joseph Health Center in Warren, and St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center where 86 trees combined can be viewed and raffle tickets can be purchased from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Genie Aubel, president of St. Elizabeth's Boardman Health Center shared that proceeds from the raffle at the Boardman facility will benefit both a mission closet, for patients and families who may need clothing or other supplies while at the hospital and the Helping Hands of Boardman Fund, which assists staff members who may be dealing with a crisis. According to Aubel, last year's event raised more than $6,000.

According to an HMHP press release, proceeds from the St. Elizabeth Youngstown event go to the REACH Fund, and St. Joseph's proceeds will benefit the St. Joseph Mission Fund.

Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and winners need not be present during the raffle, however, tree pickup will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

Following the weeklong event, and courtesy of the creativity of those involved, the moods of dozens of area homes are sure to be transformed.



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