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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 depictions of African wildlife at

What packages are you planning to include with your tree?

We are offering a 5-night, bucket list, safari trip to South Africa with luxurious accommodations and daily game-viewing drives at Kwandwe and Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserves along with a $3,500 VISA card for travel expenses.

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The Banovich Wildscapes Foundation is a nonprofit (501c3) organization fostering cooperative efforts to conserve the earth's wildlife and wild places benefiting the wildlife and the people that live there. Founded in 2007 by John Banovich, BWF is the culmination of tireless conservation efforts over the past two decades. Through his career as an artist, Banovich has inspired a deeper understanding of the world and its wildlife, encouraging successful conservation efforts and awareness of endangered species and their habitats. Traveling across the world seeking inspiration for his work, John has utilized these opportunities to research wildlife and to learn about associated conservation challenges at the local, regional, and national levels.