Festival of Trees slated for Nov. 23
Fundraiser set at Quality Gardens
By Kate Malongowski
November 10, 2013
VALENCIA — Christmas trees have always been symbolic of the season of giving, and later this month a number of decorated trees will take center stage at a Hosanna Industries fundraiser. Its second Festival of Trees fundraising event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 23 at the Quality Gardens facility, 409 Route 228, Valencia. Hosanna Industries, which provides home improvements and housing to those in need, will use the funds for general expenses. Quality Gardens and the Butler Eagle are sponsoring the event. More than 25 trees will be on display and decorated by organizations. So far, the list includes the Pine-Richland National Honor Society, Tom Henry Chevrolet, the Hope Lutheran Church: the Women in the Word & Kidz Club groups, Butler Area Woodturners, Grove City Phi Sigma Chi, Fraser Road friends, the First Congregational Church of Etna and the Butler Eagle. Each tree will be individually priced. Amanda Becker, a mission worker with Hosanna Industries, said the organization hopes the Festival of Trees can grow into one of its biggest annual fundraisers. The goal is $10,000, which is the amount of money needed to run the nonprofit for one week. “We have a $1.3 million budget, but every dollar helps,” Becker said. “I think most of the people that will be buying trees will be getting a second, or third for their house, or for their office.” “As the media sponsor, the Butler Eagle is partnering with Quality Gardens to bring awareness of the mission work that Hosanna Industries provides to the surrounding community,” said Cheri Gallagher, an advertising representative with the newspaper. Tom McMeekin, owner of Quality Gardens, said, “I personally feel a responsibility to this community, and Hosanna Industries serves this community. So I feel if I help, I’m returning some of the blessings I’ve received from this community.” Mars Brew House will provide refreshments and Valencia Donuts will provide doughnuts for the free event. Hosanna Industries helps about 150 households each year with free home repairs, disaster recovery and newly built homes to those in need. The trees will be decorated on Nov. 17 and displayed throughout the week before they are sold on Nov. 23.