Christmas-tree contest for nonprofits

Christmas Tree Challenge
Christmas Tree Challenge

DURHAM, N.C. – Nonprofits in the Triangle and surrounding counties will have the opportunity to highlight their organization’s mission, along with their holiday creativity, to win cash and prizes at the second-annual Christmas Tree Challenge.

Sponsored by Capitol Broadcasting Company and the American Tobacco District in downtown Durham, the event invites nonprofits to compete for one of nine prizes by decorating a Christmas tree that will “deliver the nonprofit’s message and demonstrate creativity while still embracing the joy of the season.”

Trees will be supplied by American Tobacco to the first 75 eligible nonprofits that submit an application, along with a $150 entry fee and proof of their 501(c)3 tax-exempt status, by Nov. 7.

Participating nonprofits must decorate their trees between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Nov. 30 and trees will remain on display in a park in downtown Durham through Jan. 2, when nonprofits will be responsible for removing and discarding the trees.

The public will vote for their favorite tree, either online or by texting, and the organization with the most votes will receive $5,000; the second-place winner will receive $2,500; and the third-place winner will receive $1,000.

Three celebrity judges, the vice president and general manager of FOX 50, Durham Bulls mascot Wool E. Bull, and the Durham Performing Arts Center each will choose a winner, with prizes including cash, theater-ticket packages, a public-service announcement campaign and a baseball-game package.

Additional information and contest rules are available online.

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