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Ohio Wesleyan Invites Public to Christmas Tree Lighting Event
Spruce Tree Planted in Memory of Graduate Ron Hudler, Class of 1956

November 19, 2009

The Ron Hudler Memorial Tree in 2008.
Photo by Jeff Bates
DELAWARE, OH – The public is invited to join the Ohio Wesleyan University community for cocoa, cookies, and caroling during the lighting of the Ron Hudler Memorial Christmas Tree at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6.

Those attending this free outdoor event should gather at the tree just north of the Edwards Gymnasium parking lot, 105 S. Sandusky St. In case of bad weather, the festivities will move indoors to nearby University Hall.

Ohio Wesleyan’s 14-foot Christmas tree was a gift from Hudler Tree Farms, one of the nation’s largest Christmas tree farms, in memory of Ron Hudler, Class of 1956. Hudler operated the North Carolina farm with his three sons prior to his death during a 2008 robbery at the farm. His son, Dale Hudler, is expected to attend this second annual event.

In addition to providing Ohio Wesleyan’s Christmas tree, Hudler Tree Farms previously has provided a White House Christmas tree as well as trees representing the 50 states, five territories, and District of Columbia for the “Pageant of Peace” trees that encircle the national Christmas tree in Washington, D.C.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 45 states and 57 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.