Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival Raised $250,000 For Charities

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From left: Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival President Moira Rachel, presents cheks Terry O’Connor of the Cardinal Shehan Center and Donna Twist of the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center and with Colleen Murphy, FCTF Vice-President.
From left: Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival President Moira Rachel, presents cheks Terry O’Connor of the Cardinal Shehan Center and Donna Twist of the Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center and with Colleen Murphy, FCTF Vice-President. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The 2012 Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival raised $250,000 for the Cardinal Shehan Center and the Norah F. Pfriem Breast Care Center last year, the organization announced this week.

The Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival is an annual event at Burr Homestead in which local interior designers decorate rooms in the historic mansion for the holiday season. Each year the festival chooses one or more local charities to receive the proceeds from the event. The two 2012 selections each received checks for $125,000 last week.

“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 statement. “This partnership between the Shehan Center and the Norma Pfreim Breast Cancer Center is a much-needed resource for women.”

The Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center is a division of Bridgeport Hospital that works with schools and community centers to provide breast cancer screenings and treatments for women in the Greater Bridgeport area. The Cardinal Shehan Center is a community center in downtown Bridgeport that offers educational, recreational and cultural programs for low-income kids and their families.

The festival’s 2013 recipient, The Kennedy Center, has already been announced. Based in Trumbull, it offers educational and supports services to those with mental or physical disabilities.

The festival is also looking for its 2014 beneficiary. Any agency in the Fairfield area with 501(c)3 status can apply. Applications should be should be sent by April 15  to the Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival Inc., c/o Moira Rachel, 55 Cider Mill Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. For more information, visit the Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival website.

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