Triangle Tree Challenge
Of the 59 nonprofits who participated in the 2nd annual Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge, nine came away with cash prizes Thursday evening.
More than 20,000 votes were cast in the contest, sponsored by American Tobacco, Fox 50, Triangle Community Foundation, Grifols and WRAL.
"In our second year, the Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge succeeded beyond all expectations," said Michael Goodmon of American Tobacco. "The excitement felt everywhere is a testament to the creativity and commitment of the groups involved. Every day, these nonprofits deliver a great gift to our community through their tireless work."
Durham's The Coalition to Unchain Dogs took 2nd place ($2,500), while Cary's The Ivy Community Service Foundation won third ($1,000) and Raleigh's Safe Haven for Cats won first ($5,000).
Awards from judges (including Durham Magazine's own Carl Johnson!) went to TROSA and two other Wake County nonprofits.
The trees will remain at Diamond View Park through Jan. 2.