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Festival of Trees begins Friday night

The Festival of Trees starts Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Pine Room at Oglebay Park. All of the proceeds go to Oglebay Institute and other charities.

The Festival of Trees starts Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Pine Room at Oglebay Park. All of the proceeds go to Oglebay Institute and other charities.

Trees with trains, a wine tree, a tree for veterans, trees of all shapes and sizes decorate the Pine Room at Oglebay Park. The Festival of Trees - put on by Oglebay Institute - will run until Nov. 18.

"We have about 54 items for sale created by local agencies, volunteers and artists and all the proceeds benefit Oglebay Institute and the work we do throughout the year,” said Danielle Cross McCracken, president of the Oglebay Institute. “The decorators donate everything and we provide the trees and they donate the materials and their time.”

Ivan Myles has been involved as a volunteer in Festival of Trees for years.

The festival was once something Big Brothers Big Sisters sponsored, but the event dissolved, and for the last 3years, Oglebay Institute has made it its own.

Belmont Savings Bank is the main sponsor for the event. Saturday morning, NEWS9’s Snowbird will be in attendance.

"We have a children’s breakfast thanks to Perkins, we have an afternoon for seniors and they can have cookies and tea,” Cross McCracken said. “And we have a wine tasting next weekend. "

She says she encourages the public to attend.

“The institute provides thousands of dollars in scholarships for students in the Ohio Valley,” Cross McCracken said. “This year they also have 'Angel Trees' that will be taken to Ohio Valley Medical Center and Wheeling Hospital.”

"People can purchase these trees - two different sizes - and donate the trees to patients that won't be home for the holidays,” Cross McCracken said. “It'll cheer up the room and it's a way to bring Christmas to them."

Once the event ends, Panhandle cleaning and restoration will then deliver the large trees to buyers. A link to all of the happenings here at the festival of trees will be here.

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