Story by Mary Walton
Members of the Michigan Squad joined forces with the Princess and R2-D2 to participate in the 21st annual Festival of Trees. Held for the first time at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, MI, this event is one of the largest benefits for the Children's Hospital of Michigan. The Michigan squad began planning for this event over 2 months ago and left no detail unattended. Members donated not only their time but the tree and decorations for the tree as well.
Members of the Squad in conjunction with partners and friends in R2-Detroit, the local FanForce group, trooped at RFS throughout the run of the Festival. The tree sold for $1,550, all proceeds of which benefiting Children's Hospital.
Upon gazing at the finished tree, one can not help but notice the several dozen Clone Troopers protecting the tree amongst the lights and ribbons. Or scattered throughout the boughs of the tree, the familar faces of Yoda, Chewbacca, and General Grievous. From the Star Wars Vader tree skirt to the Vader topping the tree, there was no missing the time and dedication that went into making this event special. Special thanks to our brothers and sisters in Michigan for giving so much of yourselves at this busy time of the year!!
Photos by Rome Ohnui/TK-1800, Susie Leopold/IS-7305, and Chris Brown/TK-3829
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