On Sunday night, December 20, 2015, the winners of the 2015 Triangle Tree Challenge at American Tobacco were announced. Coalition to Unchain Dogs took home the top voting prize.
The trees have lined the Diamond View Park outside the Durham Performing Arts Center since early December. Non-profits entered the 6th annual contest, decorating their tree to attract votes from visitors both in person and online. Winners take home donations from $1,000 to $5,000 for their organization. Voting took place online and via text message.
The winner of the $5,000 first place prize was the Coalition to Unchain Dogs while The School for Creative Studies took home the $2,500 second place prize and Animal Protection Society of Durham claimed the $1,000 third place prize.
The winners of the three Celebrity Choice Awards were Bee Downtown, Seeds, and Schoolhouse of Wonder. The $500 ATC Tenant Celebrity Choice Award Ballot, sponsored by FHI360, was given to Student Action with Farmworkers.
Active Heroes, Inc. were the winners of the Wool E Prime Cut Award and Scrap Exchange took hom the Durham Performing Arts Center Community Star Award.
The Community First Award went to Civitan International.
FOX 50 and WRAL.com were both sponsors of the 6th Annual Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge.
The Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge is one of the region’s most successful and highly visible “fund-and-friend” raisers.
See photos of the Top Three Prize Winning Trees below. Find photos of all the 2015 entries and winners here.
Thanks to WRAL.com’s Janine Bowen for contributions to this capcom story & to Triangle Tree Challenge for these capcom photos.