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Festival of Trees
Festival of Trees
Festival of Trees

Fes­ti­val of Trees

Festival of Trees

As design pro­fes­sion­als we love what we do, and when we get a chance to use our skill to serve oth­ers, it is even bet­ter. This year a team came together to cre­ate some­thing spe­cial for the chil­dren and fam­i­lies of Phoenix Children’s Hos­pi­tal. The staff at Phoenix Children’s Hos­pi­tal and the Bilt­more Hotel and Resort orga­nized the ‘Fes­ti­val of Trees’ with all pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ing PCH.

Sams Club gen­er­ously donated 9′ tall trees, and at dawn on Novem­ber 28th the Valley’s top Inte­rior Design Firms began to cre­ate some hol­i­day magic. By the end of the Day an enchanted for­est filled the Bilt­more, and the fol­low­ing Design Firms did an amaz­ing job of cre­at­ing unique and beau­ti­ful trees to be auc­tioned; Lawrence Lake Inte­ri­ors, Pawl­ing Design Inte­rior Design, Val­lone Design, Sal­cito Cus­tom Homes, Susie Biers Com­pany. Michael Fer­gu­son Inte­ri­ors, Park Avenue Design, David Michael Miller Asso­ciates, Debra May Himes Inte­rior Design, Loewen Design Group, Wise­man & Gale Inte­ri­ors, Tamm-​Marlowe Design, Design Direc­tives, Palm Design Group, Charles Glover Inte­ri­ors, Stu­dio V, Ownby Design, Bou­ton & Foley Inte­ri­ors, and H. Ryan Studio.

Each tree had a story to tell, and Thomas Repro­graph­ics gen­er­ously donated sto­ry­boards shar­ing the con­cept of each tree. Some­how, we found our­selves cre­at­ing a tree too, and we had to take a deep breath know­ing our Inte­rior Design­ers col­leagues would come up with over-​the-​top trees that some had been plan­ning for a year. Being archi­tects we had a design charette and came up with an idea to cre­ate a ‘struc­ture’ of 1,000 white cranes, each folded by the PHX team and their fam­i­lies. We cal­cu­lated that all together it took about 600 hours of paper cuts and fold­ing, and thanks each and every one of our staff and their famalies who can now fold a crane with their eyes closed!

The Bilt­more hosted a won­der­ful party with cookie dec­o­rat­ing, Santa and Mrs. Clause, eggnog, and hot choco­late, and was attended by hun­dreds of guests and fam­i­lies. As of today, just under $20,000 has been raised which will be donated to the hos­pi­tal. We rec­og­nize every­one behind the scenes at Phoenix Children’s Hos­pi­tal, the Bilt­more, Sams Club, Thomas Repro­graph­ics, Michael Bax­ter Pho­tog­ra­phy, the press, and espe­cially the Design­ers whose efforts will make someone’s life a lit­tle brighter!