PNC continues strong relationship with Memorial’s Festival of Trees


Since 1989, PNC and its predecessors have sponsored Memorial’s Festival of Trees. The partnership between the two organizations remains strong today.

“Our community engagement is defined by the way we work with other organizations that also are engaged in the effort to raise the quality of life for those around us,” said Doug Stewart, PNC’s regional president. “We truly believe in the partnership with Memorial Medical Center and the Festival of Trees.”

PNC, which is one of the nation’s largest financial services organizations, has been the principal sponsor of the Festival for 17 years in a row. 

“PNC has long been committed to serving not only our customers and our shareholders, but also the communities where our employees live and work,” Stewart said. “Providing quality entertainment opportunities is one component in our commitment. The Festival is a community, family-focused event that has been around for many years and PNC strongly believes in supporting it.”

It is PNC’s philosophy that investing in communities is the right thing to do, not just because it is good business practice. 

“Our organization's culture is built on serving customers and delivering strong performance. Knowing we cannot be a strong bank in a weak community, we apply the same principles to our community involvement,” Stewart said. “Throughout the years, we have invested millions in communities, driven largely by early childhood education through our signature cause, “Grow Up Great,” and community and economic development, which includes the arts, culture and entertainment.”

Memorial’s Festival of Trees is a good match for PNC. More than 30,000 people of all ages come to the Festival, which has become one of the most popular family-oriented holiday traditions in central Illinois. Proceeds from the event provide financial support for health-related programs and research within Memorial Health System and the Springfield community. More than $3.9 million has been raised at the Festival since it started in 1989.

PNC’s willingness to give back to its communities goes beyond money and time. The tree selected by PNC during the Gala’s lottery is donated to Springfield Urban League Head Start for the staff and children to enjoy during the holiday season.