The Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival, an annual holiday event held at Burr Homestead for the past 30 years to benefit local nonprofit organizations, has chosen St. Vincent's Special Needs Services in Trumbull as its beneficiary for 2011.

The center, a subsidiary of the St. Vincent's Health Services System, provides specialized lifelong education and therapeutic programs for children and adults with multiple developmental disabilities and special health care needs.

The festival, held Dec. 1 to 4 this year, entails decorating the homestead's 15 rooms with handmade Christmas wreaths, trees and garlands for sale to raise funds for St. Vincent's.

The festival will include a preview party gala, children's event, Christmas tea, wine tasting and a quilt raffle. This year's theme will be "A Special Year . . .30 Years of Giving."

The inaugural festival raised $12,500 for the Barnum Festival in Bridgeport and last year's recipient, the Burroughs Community Center in Bridgeport, was recently given $236,000. Since its inception, the festival has raised over $2.5 million for at least 90 local nonprofits.

For information, visit or contact For information on St. Vincent's Special Needs Services, contact Deborah Cox at 203-386-2714 or