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Festival of trees comes up short

Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:56:03 CST
By: Lee Strubinger

Festival of trees comes up short A Central Illinois Foster Care agency says it's seen a decrease in giving during their big fundraiser. The 19th Baby Fold Festival of Trees raised a total of $152,000, several thousand short of their goal. Vice President of Development Julie Payne says hard times effect fundraising...

   

"We're seeing more than we have in the past, that, it's a struggle for everyone. And, so we're hopping that at least through the holiday season, that people will continue to remember us. The festival may be over, but we still need support."
Dispite its goal shortage, Payne says she considers the fundraiser a victory for the agency. The Festival of Trees raises money for Baby Fold operations year-round. Payne says the Baby Fold currently has 1,000 children. She says money will go to services with deficient funding, like their Healthy Start, Foster Care and education programs. The theme for next year's Festival of Trees is "My Christmas Story," giving a history of the Foster Care agency.
   

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