Festival of Trees tickets going on sale next week

DANVILLE — The holiday season is still a couple of months away.

But tickets to the special events at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation's 16th annual fundraiser, which ushers in the season in Vermilion County, will go on sale next week.

The 2012 Festival of Trees: Share the Joy will be held Nov. 10-15 at the David S. Palmer Arena. Title sponsors are Watchfire Signs, the Julius W. Hegeler II Foundation and Sunset Funeral Homes.

Special event tickets may be purchased starting at 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at the arena box office, 100 W. Main St., Danville.

They also may be purchased by calling 1-877-77-CLICK, or online at http://www.provena.org/usmc/trees.

Prices vary per event.

Returning favorites from last year include the Polar Express, the Ladies' Luncheon, the Heroes Lunch, the Crystal Ball and the Princess Tea Party, which has two seatings this year, said event coordinator Angie Lazzell. She said the Teddy Bear Breakfast, a perennial favorite, has been refreshed and renamed the Children's Holiday Breakfast this year, and the Silver Bells luncheon for seniors will be adding activities including Silver Bells bingo.

"We're thrilled to be able to offer something special for everyone," Lazzell said. "Our committees are working hard to make each and every special event outstanding again this year."

For the last 16 years, the Festival of Trees has raised money for the medical center foundation's outreach programs including I Sing the Body Electric, the HALO Project, Faith in Action and Young Women/Young Men Aware.

For more information about the festival and special events, go to the festival's website. Facebook users can "like" the festival's page at http://www.facebook.com/provenafestival.

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