Madison Orr Hauenstein, executive director of the Arc Tampa Bay Foundation, with Vinnie, an ARC Tampa Bay consumer.

Festival of Trees Premiere Night

On Saturday, November 22, 2019, The Arc Tampa Bay Foundation hosted Premiere Night in conjunction with its 35th Annual Festival of Trees, presented by AmeriLife at the Long Center Sports Complex in Clearwater and hosted by The Thorn Collection. Over 300 guests in festive holiday attire got to enjoy auctions, live entertainment, delicious hors d’oeuvres donated by local restaurants and caterers, holiday shopping from local vendors — and, best of all, the dazzling indoor public display of holiday trees and wreaths decorated by individuals and businesses in the community. Funds raised during the event directly support The Arc Tampa Bay and the services it provides to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos and his wife, Carolyn Cretekos, share a moment with Santa.
The festival’s Feature Tree, created by presenting sponsor AmeriLife.
Brian Siracusa, associate executive director of The Arc Tampa Bay (left), and Nate Freeman, president of Network People (center).
Jerry Figurski, board member emeritus of The Arc Tampa Bay; his wife, Melody Figurski; and auctioneer Bruce Molz.