Wreath decorating contest, Tree of Lights announced

Dakota Hospital Foundation (DHF) announces the 2012 Wreath Decorating Contest. Community members are invited to submit a live or artificial wreath (up to 26 inches in diameter) decorated to your personal style or theme of choice.

Decorated wreaths must be submitted with a completed Wreath Contest registration form on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Special arrangements may be made for an earlier drop-off.

All wreaths entered will be auctioned at the Dakota Hospital Foundation Tree of Lights Open House and Wreath Auction being held on Thursday, Dec. 6. All proceeds will assist in funding the new Sanford Arts program at Sanford Vermillion.

Tree of Lights

The Tree of Lights program in its sixth year provides community members with the opportunity to purchase a light in memory of, in honor of, or as a special holiday greeting to friends, coworkers and loved ones.

Lights purchased may serve as a unique holiday gift. A special holiday ornament card is sent to intended recipients.

The four-story evergreen located at the corner of Main and Plum streets at Sanford Vermillion has been designated for the Tree of Lights display and will remain lit throughout the holiday season.

The Tree of Lights Open House will take place at the Al Neuharth Media Center in the Concourse and Freedom Forum Conference Room. The evening will feature a lovely variety of hors d'oeuvres and refreshments beginning at 5 p.m. with the Wreath Auction starting at 6 p.m.

"Attendance at our annual holiday celebration has continued to grow each year. We are especially excited about the second year for the Wreath Contest," said Linda Kogel, DHF Board member.

"We had a nice variety of entries last year and look forward to this year's participation with the additional option to decorate an artificial wreath," Kogel said.

Wreaths will be judged on several criteria including originality/creativity, arrangement, theme, and "WOW" factor.

Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Best of Show, Best Individual entry and Best Business/Organization entry. Additional prizes may be awarded

For more information on the Tree of Lights & Wreath Contest/Auction project, visit sanfordvermillion.org.

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