American Tobacco campus names winners in Christmas tree contest

From staff reportsDecember 22, 2013 

— Three animal-related non-profit organizations took the top prizes in the Christmas tree decorating competition at the American Tobacco campus.

Fifty-eight Triangle nonprofits decorated Christmas trees for the contest at Diamond View Park, most choosing to reflect on their organization’s mission. Judging was done by the public, which cast 27,000 votes online and via text message.

The $5,000 top prize went to the SPCA of Wake County, followed in second place by the Coalition to Unchain Dogs ($2,500 prize) and Best Friend Pet Adoption in third ($1,000 prize).

Three nonprofits – the Museum of Life and Science, the Durham Economic Resource Center and the Women’s Birth and Wellness Center – each won $1,000 celebrity judges awards, while three others won special awards: The American Dance Festival will be offered a public service announcement campaign from Fox 50; 3/20 Water Sports Ministry will be offered a Durham Performing Arts Center prize package that includes an assortment of tickets for upcoming shows; and Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network will be offered use of the American Tobacco Suite for a Durham Bulls game plus other perks.

The trees will remain in Diamond View Park through January 3. For more information, go to

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