The Festival of Trees, hosted by the Council of 101, has helped contribute more than $13 million to the Orlando Museum of Art, including its educational and life-long learning programs. Since 1986, the Festival of Trees has been the signature event to kick off the holidays in Central Florida. It is enjoyed by more than 20,000 people over 10 days each November, when the Orlando Museum of Art is transformed into a wonderland and is made possible generous donors from the community. One of the most highly anticipated days is Seniors Day. In 2022, the Council of 101 sought to produce an elevated experience, providing free admission to 600 seniors. The seniors enjoyed special music and events, the arts, local entertainment, cafe dinning, unique holiday shopping and a special targeted programs throughout the museum. Not to mention, they were able to spend time with Santa. One guest in attendance remarked to a Council 101 committee member, “This is the best day my mother has enjoyed all year long!”
According the National Institute on Aging, participating in the arts, improves the health, well-being and independence of older adults. This dedicated Senior day, underwritten by the Elinor & T.W. Miller, Jr. Foundation, encouraged art exploration and education in the senior community. In addition to all the fun had, 400 seniors received a parting gift bag filled with goodies, including a shopping voucher and OMA admissions return pass.