Look for Blount participants at Fantasy of Trees

When Children’s Hospital’s annual Fantasy of Trees fills the Knoxville Convention Center with holiday magic this weekend, Blount County schools, churches and businesses have a part to play.

Fantasy of Trees is an annual fund raiser for Children’s Hospital and features holiday decorations, designer and school decorated trees, gingerbread houses, entertainment and much more. Fantasy is open from Nov. 21 through Nov. 25. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday and 3 to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

From Blount County, the following groups will be participating:

Entertainment: SKIT (Southern Kids in Theater) Productions, Foothills Elementary, Higher Ground bluegrass band, Artistic Dance Unlimited of Alcoa, Maryville High and Maryville College Dance Teams and Alcoa Elementary Singers at the Fantasy Theater

John Sevier Elementary School’s decorated Adopt a Tree

Marriott Business Services/Tom Lakins/Louisville - Designer item

Axley’s Chapel United Methodist Church - Designer item

Whimsical Gatherings - Designer Tree

J & J Video - Designer item

Pope’s Garden Center - Designer item.

For more information, visit www.etch.com/fantasy.cfm or call 865-541-8385.

Blount Memorial to illuminate Tree of Lights

Celebrate this holiday season by gathering with neighbors, family and friends at the lighting of the Blount Memorial Foundation Holiday Tree of Lights on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. in the hospital’s Garden of Life. Each light on the tree is donated by a community member in honor or in memory of a friend or loved one.

Cancer survivor and former Blount Memorial employee Michele Harrill, along with her son Colton, will serve as the ceremonial tree lighters. “I feel truly blessed to honor our patients, as well as our Blount Memorial staff. This will be a wonderful opportunity to participate in the joyous festivities of the season,” said Harrill.

The evening will include entertainment from guitarist Robert Anderson and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. There also will be refreshments, giveaways and an appearance by the hospital’s new gingerbread lady, Ginger.

The tree is illuminated with white lights representing a $10 donation, green lights for a $25 donation, red lights represent a $50 donation and star lights represent a $100 donation. All contributions are tax-deductible, and proceeds from the Holiday Tree of Lights benefit the Good Samaritan Clinic and other Foundation projects.

The Good Samaritan Clinic is accredited and serves the health care needs of the medically under served and uninsured in Blount County. The clinic averages 1,400 visits a month. Patients benefit from primary medical care, disease-preventing exams and immunizations, gynecological and laboratory services, orthopedic exams, consultations and minor surgical procedures. For more information or to help illuminate the tree, call the Blount Memorial Foundation at 865-977-5727.

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