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Decorate a Christmas tree for Festival of Trees fundraiser for Toys for Tots in Scranton on Dec. 8

Decorate a Christmas tree for Festival of Trees fundraiser for Toys for Tots in Scranton on Dec. 8
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From a press release:

The carefree times of the “Roaring Twenties” will be the theme of this year’s annual Festival of Trees exhibit and Toys for Tots reception fundraiser, which will be held at The Marketplace at Steamtown in Scranton in the former Abercrombie & Fitch space on Friday, Dec. 8.

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department is currently seeking nonprofit organizations, businesses, churches, and schools to sponsor and decorate a tree. All funds raised from the trees will go directly to Toys for Tots.

This year, the event will hearken back to the days of the Roaring Twenties. This era in United States history brought about a period of great social and political change to the country. Participants are asked to incorporate jazz, flappers, dance halls, radio, speakeasies, prohibition, airplanes, movies, and automobiles into the tree designs.

The cost to sponsor a tree is $50 for nonprofits, schools, and small businesses (50 or under employees) and $100 for corporations (over 50 employees). Participants must supply their own artificial tree. All trees must be set up and completely decorated for the Dec. 8 reception at The Marketplace at Steamtown (300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton), which is $20 and includes food, beverages, and music.

To register a tree, send a check or money order made payable to Toys for Tots to Gerard Hetman, Festival of Trees, Lackawanna County Community Relations Department, 200 Adams Avenue, Sixth Floor, Scranton, PA 18503, along with your contact information.

To request a formal application or to secure further information, contact the Arts and Culture Department at 570-963-6590, ext. 106, or e-mail

The trees will be on display through Jan. 12.