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'Christmas Curiosity' best in show; 'Candy Cane Lane' best children's theme in annual contest

COURTESY PHOTO: LESLIE RADKE - Christmas Curiosity, sponsored by Hood River Capital, won Best of Show in the 39th annual Festival of Trees. A group of Gresham decorators took home top honors, and raised tens of thousands of dollars for a children's hospital, during an annual Christmas tree decorating contest.

"Christmas Curiosity," sponsored by Hood River Capital, won "Best of Show" during the 39th annual Safeway Providence Festival of Trees. Decorated by Leslie Radke, Sandra Miller, Dorothy Douglas, Nancy Lutz, Wade Radke, and Doug Douglas, the tree sold in an online auction for $10,500.

COURTESY PHOTO: LESLIE RADKE - Candy Cane Lane was named the Best Childrens Theme in a decorating contest that raised money for Providence Childrens Health. Another tree designed by Gresham designers was "Candy Cane Lane," which was selected by judges as the "Best Children's Theme." That tree, sponsored by Providence Milwaukie Hospital, was designed by Sandra Miller, Shelly Hamann, Mark Johnson, family and friends.

Miller has been involved since the first year of the decorating contest, and her whole family joins in every year. In addition to helping with her mom's tree, Shelly Hamann also decorated "Holy Family" that sold for $6,000.

The Festival of Trees had local businesses, designers, florists and volunteers across the region decorate Christmas trees and scenes that were displayed at the Oregon Convention Center. A virtual gala was held Thursday, Dec. 2, to celebrate the decorators and raise money for Providence Children's Health — specifically the Safety Net for Families Fund, the Center for Medically Fragile Children, and the Swindells Resource Center.

The gala had a raffle, live and silent auction, with all proceeds going to Providence, which provides support to more than 20,000 children with special health care needs every year.

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