Local Businesses Honor Veterans with Trees and Holiday Decorations at Manhattan VA Medical Center

Trees and Decorations Open to Press Viewing on Saturday, December 5 between 12 & 3pm

Dec 02, 2015, 08:40 ET from Design & Source

NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Design & Source Productions, Inc., a developer, designer and producer of creative packaging, private label, promotional and branded items, has organized and sponsored a project to bring cheer to the Manhattan VA Medical Center located at 423 East 23rd Street, New York, NY on Saturday, December 5.  The press is invited to view the trees and decorations between 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm ET that day.

Upon entering the facility during the holiday season all will be greeted with a Holiday Salute from a 35-foot light installation with almost 1,000 bistro lights hanging in formation in honor of all our veteran stars; a giant lit wreath; approximately 50 giant ball ornaments in the hospital's main lobby; and about 450 snowflakes to be installed on the glass windows surrounding the five stories of the lobby.

Volunteers from the community will install 14 large holiday trees on various floors throughout the hospital. Each tree will bring awareness to particular aspects of the veteran experience. There will be a tree for each branch of the military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard); a tree to celebrate families of veterans and the sacrifices they make; and a tree of gratitude made from all-recycled materials. One tree will feature approximately 100 photographs of veterans and their service dogs; another tree, designed by the Young Women's Leadership Network in Astoria, NY, will feature approximately 100 photographs of female veterans. One tree will honor veterans as celebrities and showcase photographs of veterans—such as Elvis Presley and Paul Newman—who became celebrities in other fields.

The trees were conceived by creative teams at New York City companies such as A&E Networks, S'Well Water Bottle, America's Vet Dogs, Moda Licensing and the Fashion Institute of Technology, as well as by individuals donating their time and talent.

Additionally, holiday decorations and drawings collected from schoolchildren across New York City and the country will be hung throughout the 18-story hospital. They will join a 35-foot light installation with almost 1,000 bistro lights hanging in formation to salute those who enter; a giant lit wreath and approximately 50 giant ball ornaments in the hospital's main lobby; and about 450 snowflakes to be installed on the glass windows surrounding the five stories of the lobby.

Laura Tufariello, founder of Design & Source Productions and the organizer of the project, said, "America owes a tremendous debt to its veterans. We decided to reach out to our network of friends—encompassing artists, designers, customers, corporations, universities, organizations and schools—to organize an extravaganza to honor our veterans during this holiday season. We are confident the resulting displays will appropriately give thanks for their service while spotlighting the creative talents of all involved in this project and we hope to inspire other businesses to tap into their passions to bring positive changes to their communities."

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