32nd annual Fantasy of Trees raises more than $400,000 for ETCH

Fantasy of Trees runs through Sunday at the Knoxville Convention Center.

KNOXVILLE - The 32nd annual Fantasy of Trees got underway at the Knoxville Convention Center on Wednesday morning.

A total of 60,794 people attended the spectacle and the event raised more than $400,000 for the East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

According to the event's website, a total of 61,847 people attended last year’s event, raising $402,514. Fantasy of Trees has raised about $7.75 million in proceeds for ETCH in 31 years.

ETCH public relations manager Erica Estep said the proceeds raised this year will go towards anesthesia equipment, which will be used at the new $75 million Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at ETCH. Estep said the equipment will also be used in the hospital's new surgery center, which opens in mid-March.

This year’s event entitled “Twas the Night Before Christmas” featured more than 350 designer items, including beautifully decorated trees, holiday accessories, fireplace mantels, door designs, table centerpieces and “Adopt-a-Trees” decorated by local school children.

Fantasy of Trees began in 1985.

This year’s event ran through Sunday.

Gatlinburg's Festival of Trees also began Wednesday and ran through Sunday.

Photo Gallery: Fantasy of Trees at the Knoxville Convention Center

(© 2016 WBIR)


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