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2020 HOLIDAYS@HOME Festival of Trees

Thanks to everyone who participated to support our cancer patient programs! See our Finale & Winners video link below.

Welcome to this Special Edition 2020 Holidays@Home Festival of Trees.
Ann's Place is bringing you an exciting and safe on-line Festival this year. You and your family can participate and enjoy creating some magic together, while supporting the lives of countless cancer patients. Whether you are entering 1, 2, or 3 of the creative challenges in our contest, or showing up to vote for your favorites to win by donating to Ann's Place, check back often to spread holiday excitement, and encourage competition and caring.


The Reason
Cancer doesn't stop during pandemics, but Covid-19 restrictions and risks add an incredible layer of extra stress just getting to treatment and through recovery. Ann's Place has continued to be a beacon of hope through it all with indispensable professional counseling, online wellness classes, and support groups. Our gardens and labyrinth offer a respite during the roughest, most isolating times. Ann's Place still needs your participation and support even more since in-person events are not possible.


The Three Challenges         
  1. It is still about those trees! Decorated Tree or Holiday Item
    You can decorate your amazing trees this year, but no moving required! Share your creativity with an even larger audience who can view it on social media, from your aunt in Boston to your grandparents in Florida. Trees can be any size, theme, or color, artificial or live. Go to Festival Tree Tips  for decorating and photography tips to show it off to best advantage. Photograph it before registering your entry.  If your talent runs more to creating wreaths or other holiday items, this is still your category. Your holiday item can be fully or partially self-fabricated. Theme, materials, composition, and scale are at your discretion. No downloads of pirated trees! Some entrants are raffling or selling their trees privately to donate proceeds to this Festival. $25 entry fee please, with chance of winning from $250 up to $2,000 for attracting the most votes!
    Winner of $2,000 cash: South Britain Congregational Church, "Rainbow Tree"    $1,000 cash, 1st Runner-up: Michelle Marmo & Kelli Rueger, "Our Special Angel"    $500 cash, 2nd Runner-up: Compitello Family, "Under the C"    $250 cash, 3rd Runner-up:   Norma Schlager "Santa, Baby"
  2. Fun for the family! Think Outside the Box: Upcycle Sculpture Challenge
    Take a break from remote work and studies in your house and put your heads together to create a holiday sculpture using the BOX as a foundation. Pick a theme and imagination is your only limit! Save those delivery boxes and metal tins. Work with cardboard, paper, plastic, or metal. If you can recycle it, you can use it. Then the fun really starts!

    Register your masterpiece based on its size as follows:

    • Mini-Sculptures (Up to 12" in height, one or more pieces)  Winner: Lydia, Alys & Sonya, "Zooming into Christmas"
    • Medium (1 to 5 boxes)     Winner: Lori & Kendra Zezza,  "2020 We just Rolled with It."
    • Unlimited Sculpture (more than 5 boxes) Winner: Girl Scout Troop 40324 Housatonic Trails Service, "The Giving Tree -Sweet Way to Say Thanks"

    For inspiration and instructions, go to  Getting Started with your entry  $25 entry fee. Groups also welcome. $250 Gift Card to top winner in each size category. (One prize only per size, to be shared per family, group, or individual winner)
  3. Awkward Holiday Photo Competition
    Winner: Brookfield HS National Honor Society, "Holiday Sweater Photo"    Runner-Up: The Cobb Family (winnings donated back)
    Bring a measure of silliness and photographic skills to this one! Whether it is a Holiday Feast gone wacky, a gathering of the Ugly Sweaters, strange Porch Sitters, or Pets in Costume, jump into this light-hearted competition. No indecent or political photos accepted and always get permission of humans being photographed. $25 entry fee. Top vote getter wins $250. Runner-up: $50.

Special Award: 2020 Best in Show, Judges' Choice Holiday Tree/Holiday Item  
Apart from the fundraising competition, a custom 2020 Best in Show ornament and a cash prize of $150 will be awarded to the Tree/Holiday Item entry that is selected as Best in Show based on design, theme, and decorating skill. Three of our top Festival sponsors will comprise the judges' panel. Selection of this tree will not eliminate it from the voting competition. The Winner of this Judges' Choice Award will be announced during the Finale broadcast. Post-note: Thanks to Judges Lauren Young of Mohegan Sun, Warren Levy of Danbury Metal Finishing, and Jonathon Gibney of Southridge Technology. Winner: The Danbury Garden Club with "Walking in a Winter Wonderland."


Please watch our Festival videos: FINALE & our Winners video!



Leaderboard

1st
Rainbow Tree from South Britain Congregational Church
3308 Votes
2nd
Our special Angel
2826 Votes
3rd
“Under the C”
1881 Votes
4th
Santa, Baby
1809 Votes
5th
You Gotta Believe!
1781 Votes
6th
Kaleidoscope Christmas
1468 Votes
7th
Angels Around Us
1381 Votes
8th
A Woodland Holiday
1358 Votes
9th
Year of the Nurse
1205 Votes
10th
Apple Blossom Festival Memory
1026 Votes
11th
Ben's Tree
787 Votes
12th
2020, We Just ROLLED With It
726 Votes
13th
Magical Unicorn Wishes for 2021
676 Votes
14th
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
625 Votes

Decorated Tree or Holiday Item

1st
Rainbow Tree from South Britain Congregational Church
3308 Votes
2nd
Our special Angel
2826 Votes
3rd
“Under the C”
1881 Votes
4th
Santa, Baby
1809 Votes
5th
You Gotta Believe!
1781 Votes
6th
Kaleidoscope Christmas
1468 Votes
7th
Angels Around Us
1381 Votes
8th
A Woodland Holiday
1358 Votes
9th
Year of the Nurse
1205 Votes
10th
Apple Blossom Festival Memory
1026 Votes
11th
Ben's Tree
787 Votes
12th
Magical Unicorn Wishes for 2021
676 Votes
13th
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
625 Votes
14th
Starry Starry Night
622 Votes

Awkward Holiday Photo

1st
Brookfield HS - National Honor Society Holiday Sweater Photo
421 Votes
2nd
This is NOT a Birthday Gift
366 Votes
3rd
Planning a Very Merry Virtual Christmas
236 Votes
4th
Elf On The Shelf After Dark
46 Votes

Think Outside the Box: Mini Sculpture (Up to 12" in height, one or more boxes)

1st
Zooming into Christmas
66 Votes

Think Outside the Box: Medium Sculpture (1 to 5 boxes)

1st
2020, We Just ROLLED With It
726 Votes
2nd
Santa’s little helpers
296 Votes

Think Outside the Box: Unlimited Sculpture (more than 5 boxes)

1st
The Giving Tree, a sweet way to say Thanks
361 Votes
2nd
Palm of Peace
330 Votes
3rd
Sustainable Christmas Tree
63 Votes


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Sponsors

Visionary

Wilda Hayes & Ron Olsen

Benefactor

Boehringer Ingelheim

Contest Sponsor

Fairfield County Bank
Ellen FitzGerald & Family In Memory of Jerry FitzGerald
Warren Levy
Wendee Nussle & Les Madaus
Robert & Patricia Paquette In Memory of Charles & Elizabeth Boyle, Robert & Elsie Paquette
Southridge Technology
Union Savings Bank

Holiday Cheer Sponsor

Ed & Lisa FitzGerald
Mohegan Sun

Auction Sponsor

Cumulus Communications
Geri & David Hutchings
Praxair Cancer Center
Townsquare Media
Emerson

Family Fun Challenge

Suzanne & Jeff Migdol

Mistletoe Sponsor

Bliss, Allred - CPAS
Mary & Richard Casden
Dave & Sue Chabot/Country Lane Interiors
Collins, Hannafin, PC
Bob & Sue Cooper
Bill and Marge Davidson
Isabelle T. Farrington
Erik & Juana Keller
Newtown Savings Bank
Cynthia & Mark Rosato
Norma Schlager

Festival Fans

Arista Industries, Inc.
Kevin & Lori Burns
SAMSUNG (Jennifer Chabot Matching gift)
William & Anne Marie Lavelle
Marita McDonough
NeJame & Sons
Maria Vanoni
Don & Melinda Weber

Holiday Friends

Sally and Tom Arconti
Susan Blumenthal & Steven Silver
Patricia Cappelletti
Caraluzzi's Market
Chipman, Mazzucco & Emerson LLC
City of Danbury
Sal Galazzo & Liz Madaus
Paul & Andrea Heery
Dr. Ben & Susan Frank
JoAnn Mihal
Mutual Fuel Corp.
The Boyd Law Group
The Rizzo Companies
Ventura Law Firm
Williams & Company Body & Skin Care
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