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Geneva History Center Announces Winners of Giving Trees and Behind the Scenes Tour and Brunch

The Geneva History Center is pleased to announced the People's Choice winner of the Fourth Annual Giving Trees Exhibition, the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission's top choices for the trees and the winner of the Behind the Scenes Tour and Brunch for eight.

Congratulations to the Geneva Academic Foundation for receiving the most "votes" from the community and winning the "People's Choice" prize. GAF receives 100 percent of their monetary "votes" totalling $192.15.

The Geneva Cultural Arts Commission partnered with us again this year and voted on their top two favorites, awarding $75 to their first-place choice, Ecker Center for Mental Health and $25 to second-place finisher Conley Outreach.

Mary Oellrich from Chicago won the Behind The Scenes Tour and Brunch for eight at the Geneva History Center. Turns out Mary graduated from Geneva High School in 1966, and her mother and brother still live here in town. She purchased her raffle tickets during her visit to see our "Who Was Sadie Cooksey?" exhibition and was curious to learn more from her memories of the girls school in Geneva.

The Giving Trees not only helped raise some money for 17 non-profit organizations but they provided a forum to communicate their missions. The exhibition served as a motivational and educational tool to engage clients, volunteers and the community. Most importantly, the Giving Trees reminds us all that in Geneva charity comes first and service to the greater good is the noblest act this holiday season.

We hope it enourages you to look into your hearts and make a New Year's resolution to donate your time, talent or treasure to a worthy cause in 2012.

Special thanks to the following organizations for pariticapting:

Association for Individual Development, Conley Outreach, Ecker Center for Mental Health, Elderday Center, Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, Geneva Academic Foundation, Geneva's Green Market, Geneva Kiwanis Club, Geneva Park District, Girl Scouts of the USA, Internatiional Organization of Good Templar, Hearts of Hope, Marklund, Mothers Club of Geneva, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Salvation Army Golden Diners, and Zellmer Childhood Disease Foundation.

Coming to our temporary gallery Feb. 11: Girls Scouts 100th Anniversary.

Happy New Year!

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