2013 Festival of Trees & Lights at Slugger Field to Benefit Norton Children’s Hospital, Nov. 15 to 17

Traditional Dickens Family Night Celebration Scheduled for Friday, Nov. 15, 6 to 9 p.m.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 8, 2013): Christmas trees and wreaths designed by area artists and designers, children’s activities, entertainment, shopping, a celebration of faiths and a visit from Santa Claus are all part of this year’s 24th annual Festival of Trees & Lights to benefit the Wendy L. Novak Diabetes Care Center at Norton Children’s Hospital. Presented by Republic Bank, the event is Nov. 15 to 17 at Louisville Slugger Field. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $3 for children 12 and under/seniors 65+ and $5 for adults.

Dickens Family Night features traditional costumed characters and carolers in a home-town holiday setting the evening of Nov. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. Separate tickets are available for Dickens Family Night and are $5 for children, $8 for adults, or $25 for families of four or more. Ticket prices include several childrens activities and a fireworks show that will conclude the evening. Visitors to the Festival of Trees & Lights can stroll among hundreds of beautifully adorned trees and wreaths decorated by local artists and designers from area companies and interior design firms. All are available for purchase to raise funds for the Wendy L. Novak Diabetes Care Center at Norton Children’s Hospital.

The Lift a Life Foundation, funded by David and Wendy Novak, will establish the Wendy L. Novak Diabetes Care Center. This state-of-the-art comprehensive diabetes care center will offer education and treatment of Type I diabetes, previously known as juvenile diabetes. More than 1,200 children are currently being treated for Type I diabetes by Norton Children’s Hospital and the University of Louisville Pediatric Endocrinology team. Approximately 150 more children are diagnosed each year, of whom nearly 50 percent require hospitalization in the ?Just for Kids? Critical Care Center.

In addition to sales of decorated trees, wreaths and handcrafted holiday items, the festival will feature a model train display, a Sweet Shop and a Gift Shop. Children’s activities will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 17, and will include building gingerbread houses, pictures with Santa, cookie decorating and ornament making. On these days, boy and girl scouts attending in uniform will receive a free event patch.

At the festival, final raffle tickets will be available for the Norton Children’s Hospital home and BMW raffle with a grand prize of a home in Norton Commons valued at approximately $350,000 and first prize of a 2014 Sam Swope BMW 3 Series convertible and $10,000. The winning ticket will be drawn on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Children’s Hospital Foundation annual fundraiser, the Snow Ball. The winner does not need to be present for the drawing.

Schedule of Activities
General admission is $3 for children 12 and younger and seniors (65+), and $5 for adults. There is a small fee for each children’s activity.

Friday, Nov. 15
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Preview Day: Shopping and enjoyment of holiday d?cor; no children’s activities
Friday, Nov. 15
6 to 9 p.m.
Dickens Family Night, with fireworks, Dickens-era costumed characters and carolers, a visit with Santa Claus and special children’s activities. Special tickets are necessary for this event: Children: $5; adults: $8; families of four or more: $25
Sat., Nov. 16 and Sun., Nov. 17
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Scout and Community Days: Scouts in uniform receive a special event patch with paid admission; shopping, entertainment and children’s activities

Caring pediatric specialists at Norton Children’s Hospital help more than 120,000 children each year. Proceeds from the 2013 Festival of Trees & Lights will help support diabetes care and programs at the hospital.

Call (502) 629-KIDS or visit HelpNortonChildrensHospital.com for information.


About Norton Children’s Hospital
For more than a century, Norton Children’s Hospital and its predecessor hospitals have cared for the children of Kentucky and Southern Indiana without regard to their families’ ability to pay. Norton Children’s Hospital is Kentucky’s only full-service, free-standing pediatric care facility dedicated exclusively to caring for children and is an advocate for the health and well-being of all children. The 267-bed hospital serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine. In 2007, Norton Children’s Hospital received the prestigious Magnet designation recognizing excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Norton Children’s Hospital is one of the top children’s hospitals in the United States as ranked in U.S. News Media Group’s editions of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals since 2009. More information is available at NortonChildrensHospital.com.

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