This year’s crop of Christmas trees for the Triangle Tree Challenge were revealed on December 7th in the American Tobacco District. More than sixty trees have been decorated by area non-profits and businesses in this third year of the challenge. The challenge involves conveying the non-profit’s mission and message via creative displays of holiday joy, in hopes of gaining enough votes from the public to win one of six prizes, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, boosting their ability to continue good works in the community they serve.
The festive trees can be viewed in person at the Diamond View Park in Durham, on the lawn between the American Tobacco Campus and the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC). Do get out to see all the trees in person if you can. The diversity of participating non-profits represent many areas that need our support, across the Triangle and around the globe. The trees are lit from 5 – 11 pm daily, ending on January 3, 2013. But the voting period ends this week, at 11:59 pm on December 20th. That leaves you with just four days to vote for your favorite!
If you can’t make it out to see the trees in person, you can find a photo of each tree in competition, as well as a link to the non-profit’s web page, at the Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge website, where you may register and vote via email. Voting is easy via text message too. Just text your vote to 46988 and enter “TREE” followed by the two digit tree number (for example “TREE##”, with no space between Tree and the two-digit number). You can vote once per day per device or per email address. So vote early and often! Help these groups continue their missions with just a few moments of our time and a few characters in an email or text message.