We are preparing for our fifth annual “Festival of Trees.” It is with a heavy heart that I am

writing this letter to you. On the afternoon of September 4, 2013, my husband, Matt Skurat,

the festival chairman of this event and Secretary of Echo Hose H & L Company #1 died

suddenly and unexpectedly while we were on vacation on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a place

he truly loved. This event will be held this year in his honor and memory. Our family, friends

and members of the company will help to make this year’s event as successful or even more of

a success than previous years. Some of you already know of this year’s plans and are willing

to help us. Thank you to all who have supported us in the past. A big thanks in advance

to our new supporters this year as well. New supporters make our event an even greater


This year’s festival will again be hosted by Apple Rehab, Shelton Lakes, 5 Lake Road,

Shelton, CT. The date is Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 9AM – 3PM. The festival will

benefit the Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Company #1. With proceeds from last year’s festival

we were able to pay for our annual children’s Christmas party and brought gifts to Bridgeport

Hospital Burn Unit and Toy Closet and donated gifts to Griffin Hospital.

We are looking for trees and/or door prizes to be donated by our sponsors. Your donation

of an artificial tree with lights and decorations may be brought to Shelton Lakes during set

up hours on Friday, December 6, 2013 any time after 9AM. If time is a factor and you are

unable to donate a decorated tree, we will graciously accept a $65.00 or greater donation

to cover the cost of a tree. We will also accept unassembled trees with decorations as we

will have volunteers on hand during set up day to put together your tree. We are happy to

accept tabletop or larger size trees, however they must be artificial. Trees will be identified by

sponsor name. A theme such as “Peace on Earth” or a dedication will be recognized as well.

A large sign listing all of our sponsors will be at the entrance to the festival recognizing your


Any questions, or to confirm your donation please contact Donna Skurat, 203-929-5836, or

one of my daughters, Gretchen Gifford, 203-929-8866 and Karen Skurat Oram, 203-924-1569.

Make checks payable to Donna Skurat, Festival of Trees Coordinator.

We thank you in advance for your support.


Donna Skurat

Festival of Trees Coordinator