Many people of Gillette gather every year to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season by visiting the Festival of Trees. Held at the Cam-Plex Energy Hall, this year marked the 24th anniversary of the event. Visitors could bring one can for a donation or entrance fee. The Festival of Trees has been a tradition lead by hundreds of talented volunteers who devote their time to make this one of Gillette’s biggest fundraisers with 58 sponsors this year. The event has raised over $1,000,000 for healthcare since it began.
Dating back to 1992, a small group of volunteers came together to fundraise for the Lifeline Emergency Response System. That year, 16 wreaths and trees were auctioned off and raised $9,172, providing service for 20 Lifeline subscribers.
The Festival of Trees became part of the Campbell County Healthcare Foundation in 2004 and continued to support Lifeline as well as Hospice, and recently the Close To Home Hospice Hospitality House. In the last 20 years the Hospice has evolved into an auction with 60 plus wreaths and trees. They’ve also provided lunch for the senior population to get involved with the festivities, provided a Family Fun Day, a VIP reception, gift shop, live entertainment and a live and silent auction.
The Festival took place this November 20th, 21st, and 22nd. If you did not get to check it out this year, don’t miss the 25th anniversary next year!
Other unique trees that were our favorites this year!