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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!