And The Winners of The 2017 Festival of Trees Are…

Freeport, Illinois — A tree from Open Bible Learning Center captured both top spots – and a $500 donation for each win – in this year’s FHN Community Festival of Trees.

Open Bible Sticks Together was named the judges’ top choice of the year, and it also got 658 votes to win the People’s Choice top prize. All of the trees remain on display at the Freeport Public Library through Saturday, Dec. 30. Prize winners – both the panel of judges’ choices and the People’s Choice winners – are marked with a sign.

This year’s Community Festival of Trees drew 21 entries, and a total of 1,477 People’s Choice ballots were cast from December 4 – 16.

The judges’ second choice – just one vote behind the winner – was Island of Misfit Toys by the Taylor Park K-Kids. The group will receive a $300 check. Snowflakes are some of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together from the Lincoln-Douglas Fourth Grade earned a $200 second-place check as the People’s Choice second-place winner, with 157 votes.

The Civil War Monument Fund nabbed the judges’ third prize and a $150 check for its tree Christmas in the Civil War. The creators of the People’s Choice third-place winner, the YMCA Bluefins Swim Team, will receive a check for $100 for their tree People like snowflakes are fragile but when they stick together they can do anything, which garnered 146 votes in the People’s Choice competition.

FHN, a not-for-profit organization with nearly 1,400 employees, is an award-winning regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. FHN Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the state’s top hospitals for safety by the Leapfrog group and Healthgrades as well as by the world’s largest, completely independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization. FHN caregivers serve an average of 1,500 people each day across FHN’s 22 locations in 5 counties spanning northwest Illinois. Organized in 1995 as an integrated healthcare delivery system, FHN is comprised of FHN Memorial Hospital, the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, hospice, occupational and chiropractic health services, dental care and outpatient mental health services. For more information about FHN, please visit


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