More than 19,000 visit 30th Annual Embassy Festival of Trees
Fort Wayne, Ind. ---The 30th Festival of Trees at the Embassy Theatre concluded on Dec. 3 and the eight-day festival set an attendance record of 19,078 surpassing last year’s total by nearly 1,000 people.
This year’s festival featured 58 trees sponsored by area businesses with themes such as “30 Years of Music,” to “Joyeux Noel.” Children loved the “Frozen Christmas” tree that featured the characters from the movie, “Frozen.” Other crowd favorites were “Alice at the Embassy” sponsored by Roto Rooter, “Christmas Revisited” by Carson’s Department store, “Voices of the Mute Swan” from Primary Engineering and “Wells of the World” presented by Franklin Electric.
Thousands of festival attendees voted for their favorite tree and after tabulating the result, the People’s Choice award winner for this year is, “Back to the ‘80s” sponsored by Moake Park Group and designed by Scott Hermance. Second place goes to “The Very Hungry Caterpiller,” sponsored and designed by Bona Vita Architecture and third place is “A Frozen Christmas with Shindigz,” sponsored by Shindigz Party Supplies and decorated by Brandy Pulley and Amber Archer.
Many people participated in games that added to the fun. Winners are:
Wells Fargo Money Tree – Amy Urban
Jefferson Pointe gift cards – Ruth Kemp
“Frozen Christmas with Shindigz” tree – Barbara Armstrong
Vera Bradley merchandise – April Federspiel
Two tickets to Jersey Boys Broadway at the Embassy – Betsy Loechner
Fort Wayne Tincaps 4-seat, 12 game package – Shannon Nix
Carson’s decorated tree – Nicole Tribble
Bikes from the Bike tree – Chelsie Rosine
Festival of Trees is the Embassy’s signature fundraising event and dollars raised benefit the nonprofit’s operations and programming. The 31st annual Festival of Trees will take place Nov. 25 to Dec. 2, 2015.
The Festival of Trees at the historic Embassy Theatre and Indiana Hotel is a highly anticipated tradition during the holiday season. For the eight days around Thanksgiving, the lobbies of the Embassy Theatre and Indiana Hotel are transformed into a beautifully decorated wonderland of Christmas trees. Founded in 1984, the Festival of Trees is a fundraising and community goodwill event. Revenue supports ongoing operational and restoration efforts for the Embassy Theatre Foundation, Inc.
The Embassy Festival of Trees offers organizations a unique opportunity to participate in an annual community event and the Embassy Theatre Foundation’s largest fundraiser:
Youth Performance Education Opportunity --- Youth entertainment on the Embassy stage is the highlight of the festival, with regional dance groups filling 22 performance slots on the stage during the weekend festival hours. The youth performances provide an entertainment backdrop for the festival and young dancers receive an opportunity to experience performing on the Embassy’s Broadway-scaled stage.
Community Visibility --- The Festival of Trees attracts more than 18,000 visitors annually to the Embassy Theatre. Beginning with the Night of Lights, the Embassy is a featured stop in the city’s annual downtown lighting ceremony, offering the opening of the Harrison Street holiday windows and the opening night for Festival of Trees.
Community Collaboration --- This event opens the doors to Fort Wayne and surrounding communities and gives the public the opportunity to participate as patrons, musical performers, event volunteers, sponsors and/or tree decorators. The Festival of Trees is proud to partner with other downtown holiday festivals to make downtown the finest holiday destination in northeast Indiana.
Economic Development --- In keeping with its mission to “preserve and operate one of Indiana’s largest historic theatres,” the Embassy manages ongoing restoration and maintenance efforts, all with the primary goal of improving and securing the theater for future generations. These efforts are accomplished by offering diverse programming and events and welcoming more than 110,000 patrons and performers each year