By Wendy Sarubbi | January 7, 2011 1:53 pm

Many thanks to the Martin Andersen-Gracia Andersen Foundation for donating the holiday tree that decorated the UCF College of Medicine atrium in recent weeks. The decorated tree was part of the Orlando Museum of Art’s Annual Festival of Trees, a glittering wonderland of trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses every November.

The Martin Andersen-Gracia Andersen Foundation’s mission is to make long-term improvements to Central Florida communities with charitable contributions to culture and arts, environment and families. The foundation is a loyal supporter of the UCF College of Medicine.

“The beautiful holiday tree was just the latest generous gift from the Martin Anderson-Gracia Andersen Foundation,” said Charles “Chip” Roberts, vice president of development for the College of Medicine. “We can’t thank the Andersen family enough for bringing holiday cheer to our new medical education building during this special time of year.”

The nine-day Festival of Trees was first presented in 1986 and is organized by the Council of 101. It is considered a premier holiday event in Central Florida and is enjoyed by more than 20,000 people a year. During the festival, the Orlando Museum of Art is transformed into a “winter wonderland” with beautiful designer trees and vignettes created by local artists and decorators.

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