"Violent crime in Texas has stolen too many dreams. Words alone cannot comfort a child who has lost a parent, we are here at the Tree of Angels to say that we care about you and pray that in the blessed season, your hearts find peace tonight"...

Former Texas Governor George W Bush



"It was our first Christmas without our child, the Tree of Angels helped us to be near others who also were grieving"



"I named my daughter after an angel, but I never dreamed she'd become one. We have found that the Tree of Angels to be one of the most comforting times throughout the holidays for my family and me to now honor our daughter's memory"

 




Tree of Angels History      

In 1991, the Tree of Angels was initiated in Austin, Texas by Verna Lee, Executive Advisor of People Against Violent Crime, to recognize that the holiday season is a difficult time for victims and their families. This special event in December honors surviving victims of violent crime and victims' families by making it possible for loved ones to bring an Angel to place on a special Christmas tree. It is our hope that the Tree of Angels allows us to remember, include and support victims of crime. These innocent victims are a part of our lives and a part of the community. Since its inception, the Tree of Angels has become a memorable tradition observed in many Texas communities.
On March 21, 2000 the United States Paten and Trademark Office registered the Tree of Angels. On November 9, 2000, former Governor George W. Bush proclaimed December 4 through December 10 as Tree of Angels Week in Texas.
A detailed "How-To-Guide" is available on how to establish a "Tree of Angels" ceremony in your community. We ask that you contact Verna Lee at PAVC (512-837-PAVC) or E-mail PAVC and add your city/county to the growing list that have made the Tree of Angels an annual event.



Governor Perry proclaims the December 2nd - 8th as Tree of Angels Week in Texas.





For more on the Tree of Angels visit our Tree of Angels Website.


Tree of Angels in Austin
23rd Annual Tree of Angels
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
6:30 p.m.

Central Christian Church
1110 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas

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2010 Tree of Angels Victim Tribute

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"2010 Travis County Tree of Angels Victim Tribute"
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Tree of Angels 2013 Schedule


County Cities Hosting
Organization
(s)
Contact Event
Location
Date

Bastrop

Bastrop
Smithville
Elgin, Cedar Creek, Rockne, Rosankey

Bastrop County Sheriff's Office

Lisa Jackson
(512) 549-5038

Calvary Episcopal Church
603 Spring Street
Bastrop. TX  

12/01/13 6:00 p.m.
13th TOA
 

Bell
Coryell

Multiple

Bell Coryell County Crime Victim Coalition

Lisa Hatfiled
(254)501-7698
Jill McAfee
(254) 933-5232

Bell County Expo Center
301 West Loop 121
Belton, TX

12/03/13
6:00p.m.
10th TOA

Bexar

San Antonio

Victims Advocacy Council

Jane Shafer
(210) 207-2136

Madison Square Presbyterian Church
319 Camden
San Antonio,TX

12/07/13
6:00 p.m.

11th TOA

Burnet
Blanco
San Saba

Llano

Burnet
Marble Falls

Blanco
Johnson City San Saba

Llano

Hill Country Survivors of Violent Crime, Inc.

Cindy Westbrook
Bill Bilbrey
(325) 388-4720

Church of Christ in
Marble Falls
711 Broadway
Marble Falls,
TX

12/07/13
5:00 p.m.

8th TOA

Brazos

Bryan,
College Station

Brazos County District Attorney

Melissa Carter
(979) 361-4320

First United Methodist Church
506 E. 28th Street
Bryan, TX

12/03/13
7:00 p.m.

12th TOA

Caldwell

Lockhart

Lockhart Police Department

Lt. William Tedford
Terri Tedford
(512) 398- 4401

First Lockhart Baptist Church
315 W. Prairie St
Lockhart, TX

12/02/13
7:00 p.m.

11th TOA

Calhoun

Port Lavaca

Friends and Families of Violent Crime Victims

Mary Sue Woods
361-550-7481

Bauer Community Center
2300 N. Hwy. 35
Port Lavaca

12/03/13
7:00 p.m.

12th TOA

Cameron

Lower Rio Grand Valley

Cameron County District Attorney's Office

Beatrice Salazar
(956)544-0849

Fourier of the
Cameron County District Attorney's Office
974 E.
Harrison St.
Brownsville, TX

12/4-12/6/13
Viewing

Chambers

Anahuac, Winnie,
Mont Belvieu

Chambers County District Attorney's Office

Danni Previte
(409)267-2682

Chambers County Courthouse
404 Washington Avenue
Anahuac, TX

12/10/13
10:30 a.m.
5th TOA

Collin

McKinney

Collin County District Attorney's Office

Chris Jenkins
(972)548-4357

Collin County Courthouse 2100 Bloomdale Rd
McKinney, TX

12/03/13
9AM
1st TOA

Dallas

Dallas,
Irving,
Garland,
Carrollton,
Coppell,
Duncanville,
Richardson

Crime Victims Council of Dallas County

Pat Keaton, Claudia Arnick
(214) 671-3587

Cliff Temple Baptist Church
125 Sunset
(Parking on 10th and Zang)
Dallas. TX

12/05/13
7p.m.

16th TOA

Duval

San Diego

Crime Victim Assistance Program, Duval County Attorneys Office

Vanessa Lopez
(361)279-6269

Duval County Courthouse
400 E. Gravis Street
San Diego, TX

12/11/13
6:00 PM
10th TOA

Erath

Stephenville Dublin and surrounding cities

Erath County Victim Services

Laurie Gillispie
(254) 965-1497

Donald R. Jones
Justice Center112 W. College
Stephenville, TX

12/03/13
7:00 p.m.

12th TOA

Galveston

Texas City
La Marque
Sante Fe
Dickinson
League City
Friendswood
Hitchcock
Clear Lake Shores
Kemah

Galveston County District Attorney

Rachel Leal
409-770-5124

Galveston County Criminal Justice Building
600 59th Street
Galveston, TX

12/03/13
6:00 p.m.
15th TOA

Hardin

Kountze
Lumberton
Silsbee
Sour Lake

Hardin County Crime Victim's
ssistance Center

Cindy Colwell
(409)246-4300

Hardin County
Courthouse 300 Monroe (Hwy 326)
Kountze, TX

12/05/13
6:30 p.m.

15th TOA

Hays

San Marcos

MADD -Central & OUR Lady of Wisdom University Parish, Student Leaders-TX State University

Carmen Castro
(512) 610-0019

Our Lady of Wisdom University Parish
100 Concho St. San Marcos, TX

12/01/13
10:00 a.m.

14th TOA

Hidalgo

Edinburg

MADD/Edinburg PD

Ana M. Verley
956-682-5928

Edinburg Auditorium
415 W. McIntyre
Edinburg, TX

12/11/13
6:00 p.m.

5th TOA

Jefferson

Beaumont

Jefferson County Victims' Assistance Center

Misty Craver
(409) 839-2318

Jefferson County Courthouse Lobby
1001 Pearl Street
Beaumont,TX

12/03/13
6:00 p.m.
13th TOA

Lamar

 

 

 

 

TBD

Limestone

Groesbeck
Mexia

Limestone Co. Attorneys' Office/V.A.C.

Phyllis Leeth
(254) 729-3046

Church on the Rock
1470 N.SH 14
Groesbeck,TX

12/02/13
6:30 p.m.

9th TOA

 

McLennan

 

Waco
and surrounding cities

McLennan County Crime Victim Coalition

Tracey Villdevall
(254) 757-5048
Ext 2443

Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church
919 Dutton Avenue
Waco, TX

12/10/13
6:30 p.m.
3nd TOA

Medina,
Uvalde
Real

Hondo,
Uvalde
Leakey

38th Judicial District Attorney's Office

Dalia M. Arteaga

SWTJC Training Center
402 Carter Street
Hondo, TX

12/07/13
1:00 p.m.
lst TOA

Milam

Cameron
Rockdale
Thorndale

Buckholts
Milano

Milam County District and County Attorney
Victim Services

Melinda Vargas
(254) 697-7913

Milam County Historical Museum Courthouse Square
112 W. 1st Street
Cameron, TX

12/05/13
6:30 p.m.

15th TOA

Montgomery

Conroe & Surrounding Cities

DWI Tracker

Margaret Smith
(936)648-4794

Montgomery County Courthouse
300 North Thompson
Conroe, TX

12/12/13
7:00 p.m.
17th TOA

Nueces County

Corpus Christi
and open to all in South Texas

Nueces County Crime Victims' Right Coalition

Rosa Maria Cervantes
(361)888-0585

Nueces County Courthouse,
First Floor
901 Loepard
Corpus Christi, TX

12/05/13
6:30 p.m.

16th TOA

Parker

Weatherford

REACT, Freedom House, Parker County DA, Parker County CA, Parker County CSCD, Weatherford PD

Teri Stout
(817) 598-6124

Freedom House
1149 Forth Worth Highway
Weatherford, TX

12/03/13
6:30 p.m.

15th TOA

Potter
Randall

Amarillo

Panhandle Victim Assistance Coalition

Brenda Loveday
(806) 379-2325

Potter County District Courthouse
501 S. Fillmore
Amarillo, TX

12/03/12
6:00 p.m.

12th TOA

Rusk

Henderson

Rusk County District Attorney's Office

Selena Turner
(903) 657-2265

JP5 Courtroom
210 Charlevoix, Suite 304, 3rd floor
Henderson, TX

12/10/13
6:30 p.m.

6th TOA

Starr

Rio Grande

Rio Grande City

Belinda Trevino
(956)487-8635

Britton Ave
Gregorio Barrera Kiosk
Rio Grande City, TX

12/12/13
6:00 p.m.
1st TOA

Tarrant

Mansfield

Mansfield Police Department

Dan Burdan
(817) 276-4760

St. John Lutheran Church
1218 East Debbie Lane
Mansfield, TX

12/03/13
7:00 p.m.

10th TOA

Travis

Austin
Buda
Georgetown
Kyle
Leander
Manchaca
Pflugerville
Round Rock

People Against Violent Crime

Travis County Sheriff's Office

Deputy Kimberly Orts
512-837-PAVC

Central Christian Church
1010 Guadalupe
Austin, TX

12/03/13
6:30 p.m.

23rd TOA

Tom Green

San Angelo

Tom Green County
Coalition Against Violence

Rita Guthrie
(325) 658-3921

Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Parish Hall) 3 South Randolph
San Angelo, TX

12/12/13
6:30 p.m.

12th TOA

Walker

Huntsville

David P. Weeks-Walker County Criminal District Attorney's Office/Danny Pierce Walker

Beth Malak
936-436-4623

Walker Country Storm Shelter
455 SH 75 North
Huntsville, TX

12/10/13
6:00 p.m.
17th TOA

Williamson

Georgetown, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander, Taylor, Nutto, Florence, Jarrell,Thrall Austin-Williamson, Bartlett, Granger, Liberty Hill, Thorndale, Weir

Williamson County District Attorney's Office

Gayla Schwab
512-943-1217

Williamson County Courthouse- 277th District Courtroom
405 MLK Street

12/03/13
6:30 p.m.
lst TOA

Outside Texas

Oklahoma County, OK

Statewide

District Attorneys Council (DAC)

Tina Harman
405-264-5006

Cox Convention Center
100 West Sheridan
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

12/01/13
5:00 p.m.

18th TOA

Australia

Newcastle

Victims of Crime Assistance League Inc NSWS (VOCAL)

Robyn Cotterell-Jones
www.vocal.org.au

St. John's Anglican Church
Cnr Darby and Parry Sts
Newcastle, Australia

12/06/13
7:00 p.m.

10th TOA

Australia

Sydney

Victims of Crime Assistance League Inc NSWS (VOCAL)

Robyn Cotterell-Jones
www.vocal.org.au

Eastwood Uniting Church
16 Lakeside Road Eastwood NSW
Sydney, Australia

11/29/13
7:00 p.m.

2ndTOA