Festival of Trees Sponsorship Opportunities Announced

Recently, Friends of Hospice board members announced that Tracy and Scott Wagner have made a generous donation to the Festival of Trees this year. As Talbot County philanthropists, both Scott and Tracy believe that it is critical to support the local community.

Festival of Trees is a celebration of life for those who have received Hospice care during the past year. It is made possible by the generous financial contributions from local individuals such as the Wagners, and businesses along with an army of volunteers.

Tracy Wagner said, “Scott and I are honored to support the Festival of Trees this year. We have had many friends and family members that have spent their final days in Hospice Care. Whether at home with Hospice or at the Hospice House, the caregivers become part of your family. The care, comfort and peacefulness they provide is unmeasurable.”

Planning for the 39th Festival of Trees is well under way and features “Holiday Traditions” as this year’s theme. Festival of Trees is the largest fundraiser for the Friends of Hospice to benefit Talbot Hospice. Festival of Trees will be held November 30 through December 3, 2024. Signature events include the Preview Gala, which kicks off festivities on Friday, November 29. Carols by Candlelight, Santa 5K Run, and Santa’s Workshop will all be held on Saturday, November 30, with other events to be announced on a future date.

Festival of Trees co-chairmen Karla Wieland-Cherry (left) and Denise Haddaway (right) graciously accept a generous check from Tracy Wagner to Friends of Hospice.

“We are thrilled that Tracy and Scott Wagner so generously donated to the Festival of Trees this year,” said Festival of Trees co-chairmen Karla Wieland-Cherry and Denise Haddaway in a joint statement. “Proceeds from Festival of Trees will raise critical funds to help support Talbot Hospice’s costs of providing hospice care throughout the county and supporting essential programs such as Palliative Care and Grief Support.”

Various levels of giving are available, anywhere from Dove Sponsor at $10,000 to Candy Cane Sponsor at $500. Karla and Denise add, “We invite you to be a Festival of Trees sponsor. Your generosity would enable us to continue to carry on our mission to raise funds for the terminally ill receiving hospice care in our community.”

The Wagner’s Festival of Trees sponsorship at the Dove level is just one of many donations they have made locally. They have also given generously to Christmas in St. Michaels, St. Michaels Community Center and Easton Airport Day, to name a few.

Tracy is a licensed realtor with Meredith Fine Properties. Scott spent 35 years in the waste and recycling business in South Central Pennsylvania and has developed industrial buildings for almost three decades. A recent real estate project is the development and construction of industrial buildings in the Easton Technology Center directly across from Easton Airport. Most recently, the Wagners, along with their daughter and son-in-law, reopened The Oaks Waterfront Hotel in Royal Oak after a $10 million renovation of the historic property.

Sponsors and volunteers are essential to the success of Festival of Trees. It’s a great way to support a good cause and meet people while doing it. Student volunteers may also earn community service hours. Visit www.festival-of-trees.org to learn more. To get involved in any capacity, big or small, contact Festival of Trees Co-Chairmen Karla Wieland-Cherry at dkcherry4@aol.com or 410-310-8421 or Denise Haddaway at 443-995-4431 or denise.haddaway@gmail.com.

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