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Tree festival disburses $250,000 in proceeds

Published 6:14 pm, Thursday, March 28, 2013
  • The Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival has awarded $125,000 each to the two beneficiaries of the 2012 festival, the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport and the Fairfield-based Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center. Displaying the checks are, from left, Moira Rachel, festival president; Terry OíConnor, Cardinal Shehan Center executive director; Donna Twist, Pfriem Center executive director; and Colleen Murphy, festival vice president Photo: Contributed Photo / Fairfield Citizen contributed
    The Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival has awarded $125,000 each to the two beneficiaries of the 2012 festival, the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport and the Fairfield-based Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center. Displaying the checks are, from left, Moira Rachel, festival president; Terry OíConnor, Cardinal Shehan Center executive director; Donna Twist, Pfriem Center executive director; and Colleen Murphy, festival vice president Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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The Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival has awarded a total of $250,000 to two nonprofit organizations, the net proceeds of its holiday-season fundraising event at the Burr Homestead.

Festival officials said they gave $125,000 each to the Fairfield-based Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center and to the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport.

The breast care center provides a network of services for breast health at its Beach Road headquarters, at Bridgeport Hospital and at a facility in Trumbull.

The Shehan center provides recreational, educational, and social programs for moderate- and low-income families and youths in lower Fairfield County.

The two organizations have combined for a pilot program in which the Shehan Center will refer women in its programs to the Pfriem Center for breast care, and a portion of their grants will fund that effort.

"We were proud to bring these two local organizations together to pool their resources and create a health awareness pilot program to combat breast cancer," festival president Moira Rachel said in a news release.

The festival -- Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 -- attracted hundreds of people to the Burr Homestead, which volunteers had decked out for the holidays.

The organization has announced its 2013 beneficiary will be Kennedy Center in Bridgeport.

The festival is accepting applications to be the 2014 beneficiaries. Applications and guidelines are available at www.FairfieldChristmasTreeFestival.org. The application deadline is April 15.

For more information, visit www.FairfieldChristmasTreeFestival.org