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On Safari

Tree Designers: Cindy Bertozzi Turco with Cuppy Boardman, Laura Morrison, Ann Willis, Tricia Peterson, and Jodi Turco

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What inspired you to design for Mary Bridge’s Festival of Trees?

I remain moved by the loving care my daughter, Catarina, received at Mary Bridge. In fact, my whole family was embraced, especially during a final, 90-day stay in 2008. My angel reminds us of how Mary Bridge touches lives.

How long have you been involved with the Festival of Trees?

I have been a lead designer for four years.

Do you have a favorite theme or genre? Or a favorite story to share?

I see what inspires me and then for a full year I become obsessed with everything revolving around that theme. My prior themes were The Nutcracker Ballet, rustic chic, and “Frozen.” This year, the mesmerizing artwork of John Banovich has taken hold of me.

What is your theme and inspiration for this year’s tree?

Expect to discover an “On Safari” tree and travel vignette with the vintage, romantic feel of “Out of Africa.” I am blessed to be partnering with internationally renowned wildlife artist, conservationist, and philanthropist John Banovich. Without John’s generous donation of signed, limited edition giclee canvases and Wild Accent designer pillows as well as his travel connections, this year’s ambitious creation would not be possible. You can view John’s dramatic portrayals of African wildlife at

What packages are you planning to include with your tree?

A “bucket list” trip to South Africa that will include a safari and city visits. 

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Make sure to note in the comment section this donation is for Cindy Turco.

John Banovich is an American contemporary oil painter known internationally for his large, dramatic portrayals of iconic wildlife. Today, Banovich’s work is admired and collected globally by prominent politicians, entertainers, business leaders and art collectors. His work can be found in private collections, corporate offices, and museums throughout the world.