Memorial's 2013 Festival of Trees Raises $308,000, Setting New Record

Memorial Medical Center’s 24th annual Festival of Trees raised $308,000 to be used for health-related projects and programs in the community.

This family-friendly event continues to be a success because of the support of generous sponsors, designers, dedicated committee members, and more than 1,000 volunteers who staff the nine-day event, said Elena Kezelis, executive director of the Memorial Medical Center Foundation..

“Memorial’s Festival of Trees is a wonderful family tradition in our community and we are glad to kick off the holiday season for so many people,” Kezelis said.

Memorial's Festival of Trees began in 1989 as an event to benefit the mission of Memorial Medical Center. Since then, the festival has raised more than $3.5 million for healthcare projects and programs and is the largest family-oriented holiday tradition in central Illinois.

Proceeds from Festival of Trees have been used to support programs, such as Memorial’s Regional Cancer Center, hospice care and Independence Square – Memorial’s nationally recognized rehabilitation program – as well as Memorial’s Foundation healthcare grants.

The 25th anniversary of Festival of Trees will be Nov. 22-30. The general chair is Jane Kiel, finance director for the Central Illinois Foodbank. This year’s theme will be “Glitter and Glisten,” and the colors are gold, silver and white.

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