Bowmans kick off Festival of Trees

August 23, 2007|By JANET HEIM

While families are still heading toward the beach during these final days of summer, another group in the community is dreaming of sugarplums and holiday decorating.

Holiday centerpieces adorned each table at the kickoff luncheon at Robinwood Medical Center on Monday for the fourth annual Festival of Trees.

This year the event, held from Nov. 28 to Dec. 3, will benefit the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program at Washington County Hospital.

The program provides nurses at the hospital 24/7 who are trained to respond to sexual and child abuse cases. They collect evidence to help identify and prosecute offenders, as well as help victims begin the healing process.


"There are some changes this year. We tried to refine the event," said Sandra Pollack, executive director of Antietam Healthcare Foundation. "There will be new decorating elements - doors, mantels, windows and trains, trains, trains. We've added child-friendly events and a holiday decorating event."

Don and Jone Bowman were introduced as the honorary co-chairs for the event. As Don Bowman spoke about the need for more volunteers, he had a few other goals in mind.

"Let's have some fun and raise some money," he said.

Last year's event raised $20,000 for pediatric asthma and this year's fundraising team hopes to top that amount for SAFE, said Tom Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Centra Bank Hagerstown was also recognized as a new sponsor of the event.

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