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St. Francis Festival of Trees Winners Announced

In the lobbies of three Greenville hotels, flashes of light and tinsel vie for attention and for design awards in the 26th Anniversary Festival of Trees. With 90 sponsors and 86 designers “putting on the Ritz,” 86 trees graced the Hyatt Regency Downtown, the Hampton Inn & Suites RiverPlace and the Courtyard-Greenville Downtown. Through the donated efforts of local interior decorators, designers and florists along with sponsor employees and local school children, the Festival of Trees is aglow in the gem tones of the season, drawing families and schoolchildren from throughout the Upstate.

A panel of judges from the community had the difficult task of selecting winning trees in four categories: Business, Professional, Organizations and Schools. Awards were based on creativity, unique design and overall presentation of the tree. The “Overall Best Tree” for 2012 was awarded to the Pepsi of Greenville tree designed by Jacqueline Osborne of AAA Locksmiths & Alarm Company.

DESIGN WINNERS BY CATEGORY

Overall Best Tree
Sponsor: Pepsi of Greenville
Designer: AAA Locksmiths & Alarm Co. /J. Osborne Designs

Overall Best Tree Winner

Business Category
1st Place
Sponsor: Carolina Holdings, Inc.
Designer: AAA Locksmiths & Alarm Co. /J. Osborne Designs

2nd Place
Sponsor: Piedmont Orthopaedic Associates
Designer: AAA Locksmiths & Alarm Co. /J. Osborne Designs

3rd Place 
Sponsor: UltraTan
Designer: AAA Locksmiths & Alarm Co. /J. Osborne Designs

Honorable Mention
Sponsor: AAA Locksmiths & Alarm Co. /J. Osborne Designs
Designer: AAA Locksmiths & Alarm Co. /J. Osborne Designs

Professional Category
1st Place
Sponsor: Wal-Mart Foundation
Designer: DSP Designs

2nd Place
Sponsor: Wells Fargo
Designer: Expressions Unlimited, Inc.

3rd Place
Sponsor: Hyatt Regency
Designer: Dahlia, a Florist

Honorable Mention
Sponsor: Hampton Inn & Suites
Designer: Brian Hollifield

Organizations
1st Place
Sponsor: BMW Manufacturing
Designer: St. Francis Nursing Administration

2nd Place
Sponsor: Upstate Cardiology
Designer: Greenville County Women’s Farm Bureau

3rd Place
Sponsor: St. Francis Federal Credit Union
Designer: Gail Reeves

Honorable Mention
Sponsor: Pediatrix Medical Group
Designer: St. Francis Neonatal Care Center

Schools
1st place
Sponsor: Charter Media
Designer: Simpsonville United Methodist Preschool

2nd Place
Sponsor: Plastic Surgery Associates
Designer: Sew Creative Kids & Teens

3rd Place
Sponsor: Ricoh Americas Corporation
Designer: Hunt Meadows Elementary

Honorable Mention
Sponsor: The Rushing Foundation
Designer: Bob Jones Academy

The St. Francis Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization. Its mission is to stimulate and receive charitable gifts, which will benefit the programs and services of Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital System. The Foundation has a volunteer Board of Trustees which has fiduciary responsibility for the dollars needed. All donations given to the Greenville Bon Secours St. Francis Health System stay in Greenville to benefit the facility which benefits its patients and employees. The St. Francis Holiday Festival is the St. Francis Foundation’s vehicle to continue their mission of caring for the poor, sick and dying and to provide quality health care to the indigent, uninsured and underserved in Greenville.

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