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Festival Date Change Will Boost Funds - 8/1/2003

Thanksgiving without Christmas trees? For the first time in its 16-year history, Harrison Foundation's major fundraiser, the Festival of Trees, won't take place over Thanksgiving weekend. This year's fabled event will take place one weekend later-December 5 through 7-at the Kitsap Pavilion.

Stephanie Cline assures that favorite activities-Party Among the Trees; Santa Breakfast; Gala Tree Party & Auction; and Kids' Day-will remain. The Foundation's executive director says the change to a later date "allows us to consider new opportunities to raise additional support." One such opportunity is the offer to local businesses to use the Festival venue -thousands of glittering lights and bedecked trees-on December 3 and 4 for corporate holiday parties. (For details, call 360-792-6762.)

Since 1987, the Festival has raised more than $1.5 million for a healthier community through hospital programs and services. This year's proceeds will benefit Harrison's cardiac services, which debuts open-heart surgery later this summer.