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by Michael dEstries
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Yesterday evening, the Chicago United Center played host for the taping of “The Oprah Winfrey Show’s” final two episiodes. The 57-year-old is ending her syndicated national talk show next Monday and Tuesday after 25 years on the air.

Over 20,000 screaming (and crying) fans, joined by a long list of celebrities, honored Winfrey during the four hour event. There were songs, reunions, and plenty of gifts  - but it was Diane Sawyer’s present that will likely endure well beyond our own lifetimes.

When the “ABC World News” anchor came on stage, USA Today reports that a huge tree of lights sprouted up in the middle of the arena. “That is ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’,” she said. “I want you to know in honor of your 25 seasons, in front of those 25 new libraries, there will be a giant tree – an oak tree, an Oprah tree, standing and inviting children to bring their books and hopes and fears and know that you are there to embrace them.”

Those libraries Sawyer mentioned were another surprise gift that John Legend and Target partnered on. In honor of her 25 seasons, 25 libraries will be built and stocked with books courtesy of Target. It’s not yet clear if those 25 oaks will be of the full size variety (read: transplanted) or saplings. She did, however, add this awesome detail:

“Not just 25 trees! We are going to plant across this country, 25,000 oak trees for Oprah.”

Love it. Watch for “Oprah Oaks” to become the next hot thing in gardening.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • http://auditoriumsandantiquities.blogspot.com Fee Willow

    Diane Sawyer has always been a classy and genuinely concerned person about many issues that confront our daily living and the world of which we all belong and need to preserve and protect. 25,000 oak trees (with the wonderful help of Target) is another example of her constant concern and dedication she gives in her work and with our societies’ needs and hopes. Libraries are in such hurting circumstances I wish to add my grateful appreciation to Ms Sawyer, Target, and Oprey for all their earnest and true philanthropy and simple care in us and our world. And thank you, EcoStiletto, for publicizing this wonderful endeavor to preserve and protect our libraries inside and outside.