Goodwill SWFL Wins Best Overall Charity Event

From left to right: John Nadeau (CEO of Goodwill SWFL), Jim Griffith (CEO of SBDAC), Doug Stewart (COO of Goodwill SWFL) and Dr. Carol Rae Culliton (philanthropist). COURTESY PHOTO

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida and the Festival of Trees event at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center received the Community Foundation’s “Best Overall Charity Event” award at a recent awards ceremony at the charity event. The annual charity event was held at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower in Fort Myers on April 5.

Now in its 16th year, the Festival of Trees has become a family holiday tradition in downtown Fort Myers, bringing together thousands of visitors of all ages to view beautifully decorated trees from local businesses. By purchasing a raffle ticket, anyone has a chance to win a tree and all the gifts that come with it. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser now benefit both Goodwill and the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.

“We are so grateful to the people who worked hard to get this event off the ground 15 years ago and the individuals and organizations who make it the holiday tradition it is today,” said Ashley Price-Swick. , Development Director of Goodwill SWFL.

Although it has morphed over the years, the four-day event kicks off the vacation at the Sidney & Bern Davis Art Center located in the River District of Fort Myers.

In addition to the tree raffle, Festival of Trees attendees can enjoy the First Street ‘Holiday Walk’, official wreath lighting with the Mayor, free outdoor concerts, party Santa Claus, entertainment, photos with Santa Claus and a children’s workshop.

“Sometimes everything fits together perfectly. This award is for the charity event that ran at full steam and succeeded in a truly impressive way,” the Community Foundation said in its description of the winning qualifications.

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida is committed to serving the disabled and disadvantaged by providing life-changing opportunities to achieve independence.

The Festival of Trees event helps fund the many programs and services offered throughout the Southwest Florida community. ¦

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