Festival of Trees

Creating Meaningful Impact   The Orlando Museum of Art Festival of Trees has a special meaning to the Y of Central Florida. It is the yearly event where we bring our community of donors together to celebrate their unparalleled support for our cause and give thanks for their generous gifts that create meaningful impact in the lives of many neighbors in need across our Central Florida community.   This year’s celebration was held on Sunday, November 13. Over 600 valued supporters attended, all of whom are donors from the private and public sectors, and some even loyal members of our Y family centers.     Supporters of our cause strolled through the Orlando Museum of Art, transported into a dazzling holiday wonderland where trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses ignited the holiday spirit and reminded us of our shared commitment to nurture the potential of our kids, promote healthy living and foster a sense of social responsibility.   We unveiled the recipient of this year’s Dr. P Phillips Champion of Youth Award – Leonard Williams, Sr. of Wayne Densch Charities for his commitment to improving the lives of children in Central Florida. We also hosted a special dinner to honor lifetime donors and discuss our efforts to continue meeting the needs of our communities through innovative and needed programs.   This is the time of year when the Y gives our deepest thanks to our donors, volunteers and members, who are helping advance our cause. We wish our Central Florida community a Happy Holiday season.   Be blessed.   The Y’s tree was designed by Jennifer Rowe and was adorned with strings of popcorn and Y ornaments. Our cause was shown boldly beside it.   Another favorite was the popcorn station. Our kids designed the popcorn bags with our new logo. There was also a hallway filled with gingerbread houses.