We did it! Omaha Artists Inc. sponsored a tree for the 2019 Tangier Shriner's Feztival of Trees! Ornaments were donated by Carl Monico of Spotlight Auctions back in 2018 to OAI through his friend, Linda Jones. The members and friends of Omaha Artists Inc. spent many hours painting ornaments. We even enjoyed what we called 2019 Christmas in July; we gathered to paint ornaments, enjoy visiting with each other and a luncheon served by the Olive Garden Restaurant! The painting of ornaments continued throughout the year with Linda Jones collecting the painted ornaments each month.
The Tangier Shriners host this event each year to help raise money to transport children and their families to the hospital and other like projects in the Omaha area. Thousands showed up to place bids on the 68 trees donated by sponsors in November. Tree Number 3 was proudly displayed as 'The Artful Tree by Omaha Artists Inc', bearing well over 200 ornaments, ribbon, lights, a one-year-OAI membership certificate and donated gifts. How do we begin to say thank you for making this project possible? ....the time and energy of those painting the ornaments, decorating the tree and Linda Jones storing, loading and hauling the ornaments, and tree as well as $100 in gift certificates donated by Sherry Reese, a pet portrait commission $100 gift certificate, the tree itself, stand and angel donated by Linda Jones, and a Lionel Diesel battery powered model train ($100) donated by Mike Jones, Linda's brother. Omaha Artists Inc. – you are the BEST! Mission accomplished!