Festival of Trees hold special meaning to members of Greenville community

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GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – If you take a walk through some hotels in downtown Greenville, you’ll see dozens of Christmas trees. In fact there are 84 trees spread throughout four different hotels. 

It’s all part of the 33rd annual  Bon Secours St. Francis Festival of Trees. Different local businesses and schools can sponsor and decorate a tree to benefit the Adolescent and Young Adult Inpatient Cancer Center. And no two trees are the same, some even take on special theme.

“Being born and raised in Greenville and see that your elementary school art class decorated that it just gives you chills,” said Reed Cole who is the Development Officer for St. Francis Foundation.
 
But some trees hold a special meaning to the decorators. The St. Mary’s Council of Catholic Women decorated a tree for the first time this year in memory of their friend Eileen Lee who passed away in June.
 
“She was a hoot of a woman, quite a character, she’d be honored to know we loved her so much and we would just do anything for her,” said Rita Brown who is the council president.
 
The council decorated the tree with Lee’s personal ornament collection. Each one replicated a stained glass window in her church.
 
Over the last eleven years, the program has raised more than $2 million for different Bon Secours St. Francis programs. The trees will be up for the community to check out until December 30th.

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