Special Friends of the Festival Award

Recognizing Special Friends

First presented during the Festival’s 20th Emerald Anniversary in 2013, the Special Friend of the Festival Award was established to recognize an individual, business, or organization that has gone above and beyond to contribute to the success and growth of the Festival of Trees over several years.

American Training Group

2019 – American Training, Inc.

The Festival Board of Directors established its ‘Special Friend of the Festival’ Award in 2013 to recognize individuals and organizations that have contributed in significant ways to the success of the Festival of Trees. This year, the Festival was pleased to add American Training, Inc. of Andover, MA to its list of distinguished honorees.
Joseph Kish

2018 – Dr. Joseph Kish

Fromer NY State Trooper

​Dr. Kish has had a special relationship with the Festival of Trees for many years. As the creator of the Festival’s “Scavenger Hunt,” he annually enables children of all ages to ‘Experience the Magic’ in a very special way!
Brooks Properties

2018 – Harold J. Brooks

Brooks Properties

Brooks Properties, which was founded in 1980, is currently one of the largest commercial, industrial, and development real estate service providers in Northern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.

Cindy Parnagian

2017 – Cindy Parnagian

The Party Connection

Since 1984, The Party Connection has been meeting and exceeding the expectations of area residents, businesses, and civic groups. Whether the event is a company picnic, corporate meeting, special event, holiday party, or the Festival Trees, Cindy Parnagian and The Party Connection have the experience and resources to make it truly memorable.

Bill and Kathy Fitzgerald

2016 – Bill and Kathy Fitzgerald

Mann Orchards

Founded in 1887 by Charles W. Mann, Sr., Mann Orchards is the oldest business in Methuen, MA. Known for their fresh produce, delectable baked goods, and community generosity, this fourth-generation family farm is patronized by people from all over the area.

Macy's Logo

2015 – Macy’s

In 2015, the Festival of Trees welcomes Macy’s for its fifth year as the sponsor of our Children’s program. Their corporate generosity provides the children who visit the Festival with puppet, magic and science shows; funds prizes for the popular “Festival Scavenger Hunt;” and for Santa’s annual visit.

Charles and Mother

2013 – Charles Beauty Wellness, Inc.

Charles’ unique blend of energy, enthusiasm, vision, and creativity have always been essential ingredients in the success of the Festival of Trees. He continues to inspire others associated with the Festival to build what has become a world-class event right here in the heart of the Merrimack Valley.
Andy & Nancy Carace

2013 – Andy & Nancy Carace

Pest-End Exterminating and Pro-Tech Lawn Care

When Andy and Nancy Carace get involved with something, they get involved. Nancy Carace began volunteering at the Festival of Trees in 1996 and has been a constant presence throughout all these years.
Dr Tom and Sandra Perrault

2013 – Dr. Tom and Sandra Perrault

Perrault Chiropractic Office

The Perrault Family is an important part of the fabric of Methuen. Beginning in 1995, with a tree they called “Symphony in Silver,” Sandra and Tom Perrault have been an important part of every Festival of Trees. They have generously contributed to every aspect of the Festival and are a faithful presence at every Festival event.
Mike and Maureen Pollard

2013 – Mike and Maureen Pollard

The Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home

Maureen Pollard served on the 1994 planning committee and has been a key member of the Festival leadership team ever since.  She co-chaired the Festival from 1999 to 2002 and was elected its first president when the Festival of Trees became an independent 501(c)(3) organization in 2001.
Doreen Miner

2013 – Doreen Miner

Doreen Miner has played a pivotal role in the Festival of Trees since 1995.  Her boundless energy, creativity, enthusiasm, and leadership, together with her talented Interstate Gymnastics team, helped to build the Festival into what it is today.