Kiwanis Festival of Trees Awards & Top Earners

2250 Festival OT Frozen Christmas 2250 Festival OT Homespun Holidays 2250 Festival OT Rudolph
Dixon Financial & Insurance Service and Stitching Solutions Homespun Holidays

Milton Carpenter Funeral Home’s ‘Frozen Christmas,’ Travis Credit Union’s ‘Happy 50th Rudolph,’ and Economy Driving School’s ‘Give a Hoot’ take top honors

The Kiwanis Festival of Trees is over and the results are in—it was another smashing success with close to 1,000 visitors that helped garner more than $7,000 for children and youth that will be distributed back into the community. There were nearly 30 businesses and organizations that sponsored trees for this year’s event with just as many volunteer decorators.

“Frozen Christmas” garnered the most votes to nab the “People’s Choice Award” with its variety of charming decorations from the popular Disney movie about two sisters and an adorable snowman. This marks the fourth year in a row that tree designers Mei-Lin Hanna and Liz Fuller won for their sponsors, Milton Carpenter Funeral Home.

Travis Credit Union’s tree, “Happy 50th Birthday Rudolph,” took the medium tree People’s Choice Award. It was covered with Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer plush and was decorated by Marge Litsinger and CA Jacobs Builder’s Club students.

“Give a Hoot!” was the name of the mini tree that took the ‘People’s Choice Award’ in the mini tree category. It was sponsored by Economy Driving School and decorated by Mona Pierce with several owl ornaments. Pierce has decorated several years in a row and is well known for her creative and unique tree designing.

The “Top Earner” Award for this year goes to “Homespun Holidays’ which was also runner up for the large tree People’s Choice Award. The tree was sponsored by Dixon Financial and Insurance Service and Stitching Solutions. It was decorated by first-timer volunteer team Tonyah McAnelly and Stitching Solutions’ owner, Wendi Hendershot. The two women worked on birch tree wood ornaments — burning Christmas designs into them — as well as surrounding the tree with everything for a cozy holiday celebration including a large jar of chocolate and marshmallows.

“Funds will go toward our Kiwanis mission of serving children of the world — one child and one community at a time,” said Festival of Trees Chairwoman Debra Dingman who also noted that the Dixon Walmart “deserves plenty of credit for being our major sponsor for several years now. Their contribution and support from their employees continues to be invaluable to us and our community,” Dingman said.

Last year’s proceeds were given to Dixon Family Services for a special children’s program, TEAM Dixon for special needs students, the Dixon Teen Center, CA Jacobs Middle School Builders Club, the Dixon High School Key Club, a DHS Scholarship, youth sports programs, and more.

“All of the sponsors and decorators are deeply appreciated,” said Dingman.

Photos of this year’s event can be seen on the Kiwanis of Dixon Facebook site. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Dixon Kiwanis Club can contact Suzanne Lorente at (408) 307-2788 or one can email:

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