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[OCT. 3, 2003]  Main Street Lincoln and the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation will not sponsor a Festival of Trees celebration during the 2003 holiday season.

If a new sponsor is found, it is likely that the Festival of Trees will return to Logan County in 2004. Other potential event sponsors have been offered the opportunity to sponsor the Festival of Trees. "No organization has come forth to sponsor the event for 2003," says David Lanterman, president of the Main Street Lincoln board of directors. "However, several organizations have expressed interest co-sponsoring the event, on a biennial basis, starting in 2004 season."

Main Street Lincoln and the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation, both not-for-profit organizations, have partnered on the event since 1996. The popular fund-raiser traditionally involved a local display of trees in downtown Lincoln followed by a gala and charity tree auction. In 2002, festival organizers chose a more relaxed Twilight Dessert Auction in lieu of an evening sit-down dinner, auction and dance.

For the past seven years, the Festival of Trees generated profits that were divided equally between Main Street Lincoln and the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation. Local individuals and businesses sponsored artificial trees, wreaths and centerpieces and then invested much more in the very elaborate ornaments and decorations. In the past several seasons, the material expense of the donated trees far exceeded the purchase price at auction.

 

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Both groups feel that the large amount of time invested by paid staff to coordinate the Festival of Trees failed to offset the fund-raising potential, and they are now focusing on other fund-raising events. The ALMH Auxiliary will continue to sponsor the "íTis the Season" card party and luncheon, which will be on Monday, Dec. 1, at the Lincoln Elks Club. The Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation also sponsors the Fore-ALMH charity golf outing, and Main Street Lincoln initiated a very successful auction of decorated dogs this summer.

Main Street Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation wish to thank all of the decorators, sponsors, purchasers and volunteers who have contributed to the success of many past festivals.

[News release]

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