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The magic of the holidays is in the spirit of giving!  Southeastern Hospice will host their 33rd annual Festival of Trees this year with a parade of beautiful, theme-decorated trees, wreaths, and garland. The event will be held at the Osterneck Auditorium at 102 N. Chestnut Street, directly across from the Robeson County Public Library, from Sunday, Dec. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m., and Monday, Dec. 3 and Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The festival will kick-off at the annual Star Soiree VIP preview party to thank sponsors for their generous contributions and talented decorators for sharing their time and talents to make this year’s festival full of Holiday Magic, this year’s theme.  The preview event will feature guest speaker, Dick Wall, husband of the late Carol Wall, author of Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening.  During Carol’s battle with cancer, she formed an unlikely friendship with her gardener, Mr. Owita, who helped her through the treatments.  After Carol passed, her husband set out to fulfill her dreams by sharing her life-affirming message at various engagements around the world.

During the festival, visitors can shop in the Santa Shop for delicious fresh-baked goodies and specialty foods like Southern Supreme Fruit Cakes and My Grandma’s Coffee Cakes.  Also, take a stroll through Tinsel Town to purchase unique holiday gift items and crafts such as ornaments, wreaths, and centerpieces.

“We are excited to kick-off the holiday season with this year’s Holiday Magic Festival of Trees,” said Southeastern Hospice Director Vickie Atkinson. “Southeastern Hospice is extremely grateful to everyone for their years of support. Community support during this annual event allows us to help others in their time of need.”

All proceeds will benefit Robeson County’s only not-for-profit hospice agency, Southeastern Hospice, which includes in-home hospice, Southeastern Hospice House and Camp Care. The goal of Southeastern Hospice is to allow patients to live their final days with respect and dignity, without pain, and with a care team who are more like family, regardless of their ability to pay.

A special Memorial Tree will feature the names of Southeastern Hospice patients who have passed away during the past year.  Tickets for the festival may be purchased at the door.  Admission is $4 for adults; $3 for children (under 3 are free).   For more information about the festival, call (910) 735-8915.

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