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Lighthouse Festival of Trees

Support Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center at the 2nd annual Festival of Trees.  

As part of the annual University Town Centers Holiday Festival of Lights, the Festival of Trees will provide a showcase and silent auction of holiday trees decorated by local charities between Dec. 1-19, 2021 in the West District at UTC.

Lighthouse’s White Cane themed tree will tout a 7.5′ pre-lit, Peyton Fir with color-changing LED lights. The tree will be adorned with ornaments* that can be decorated with your name in Braille, ornaments that shimmer and glitter, beautifully draped ribbon, hand-crafted White Cane pencils, and a traditional star topper that will tie it all together. Each unique piece will bring awareness to the Lighthouse and highlight our mission to educate and empower those affected by vision loss so they may enjoy happy, healthy and independent lives.

There are several ways to participate:

  1. Sponsor the Lighthouse tree. Your sponsorship will allow us to offset costs incurred in creating our special holiday tree. You can sponsor the tree, ornaments, ribbon, tree topper and other decorations and print supplies. Click here to become a sponsor.  
  2. Purchase an ornament* decorated with your name in Braille. Your name or the name of someone special will be adorned in Braille on a special ornament and decorated on our holiday tree. Click here to purchase an ornament.  
  3. Attend the event between Dec. 1-19. The Festival of Trees will be held at the West District at UTC, between Michael’s and Bed, Bath and Beyond. Stop by and view all the beautiful trees!
  4. Place a bid on the Lighthouse tree. While attending the event, please place a silent auction bid on the Lighthouse tree. The highest silent auction bidder will receive the entire tree, trimmings and all!
  5. Vote on the Lighthouse tree as your favorite tree. Each time you visit the Festival of Trees, you can vote on our tree as your favorite. Donate $1, $5, $10 or whatever you can give and that donation turns into a vote for our beautifully decorated tree.

Lighthouse will receive 100% of the silent auction and voting proceeds.
We promise that you will be amazed at the beautiful holiday trees and you’ll have lots of fun! 
Mark your calendar!

Support the Festival of Trees today!

Thank you to the following sponsors for supporting the Lighthouse at this year’s Festival of Trees:

Lissa Rivero

Martin Rometsch & Wilhelmine Wiese-Rometsch

Jeffrey & Patricia Saunders