Bill and Jan Lawrence of Normal will lead the largest fundraiser of the year for the Normal-based human services agency whose programs for vulnerable children include special needs adoption, foster care, residential care, special education and family and community services. – Read the story here!
The Baby Fold’s Festival of Trees netted $203,338 to help children and families served by The Baby Fold. The Festival of Trees is the single largest fundraising event of the year for The Baby Fold and was held November 20-22rd at the Interstate Center.
“We are pleased with the results and grateful to all of the volunteers, businesses, churches and community organizations who work to make this event possible.,” said Baby Fold President/CEO Dianne Schultz. “Because of this generous community support, we were able to raise critical funds that support the needs of children and families in our community who are struggling with severe emotional and behavioral issues.”
This year an estimated 7,000 guests visited the Festival of Trees at the Interstate Center decorated with hundreds of custom designed trees, wreaths, centerpieces, gingerbread items, holiday decorations and celebrity items. All together the Festival auction sold 537 holiday items! More than 1200 volunteers were involved in the event.
Highlights from the 2015 Festival included Opening Night kick-off event on Nov 19, Avanti’s Family Night on Friday, Breakfast with Santa. an Adoption Celebration for adoptive families and children, and a new Trivia Night event on Saturday, and a Sunday worship service with HOPE United Methodist Church. New features included a more elegant look provided by Palace Events and a new Festival Café location and vendor, BraiZe.
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Julie K joined us once again in 2014 for Breakfast with Santa! Just another reason why Festival was a success that year! Parents brought their cameras and were also able to take a picture with Santa!
November 22 • 9–10:30 a.m.
Children 3–12: $8
Children under 3 are free
The Baby Fold is pleased to announce that Vicki Tilton and her daughters Casey Pirtle and Denise Geske will serve as the Honorary Chairs for the 22nd annual Festival of Trees. Vicki and her daughters own and operate Fox & Hounds Salon in Bloomington, Illinois.
The Baby Fold also wishes to welcome the following Festival Committee Chairs: Debi Grossman (Designer), Courtney Lahr (Senior Day), Charlene Blary (Operations), Dale Whitwood (Operations), Larry & Marilyn Maffett (Ticket Sales), Lindsey Powell & Ann Harding (Gift Shop) and Danielle Miller-Schuster (Presentation, Mission, Marketing).
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All of the items at the Festival are up for silent auction, but if you don’t want to keep coming back to re-bid on your favorite items, you don’t have to!
The Angel Price is similar to the “buy it now” on e-bay.
Today we’ll tell you about how the Angel Price works as well as how the bidding process in general works.
The Jeffrey Alans workshop is a great way to get you started on designing your tree. The Workshop will be this Saturday, October 17th beginning at 10:00 am. The workshop will provide hands on demonstrations and tips for decorating your trees. The Designer Committee will be there to answer any questions you may have. There will also be valuable coupons available for attendees, compliments of Jeffrey Alans. This is also the time to pick up your pre-ordered 4’ trees! We hope to see you there!
We are still looking for people and organizations to design for the festival. There are a number of options from trees to wreaths, centerpieces and set-a-table. The great thing is that you don’t need to be a professional designer to participate! We have partnered with Jeffrey Allan to make sure you have all the skills you need to make a beautiful design. Two workshops will be available for you to learn the “tricks of the trade.”
“This past year I took a stab at decorating a tree for the first time. Decorator day was a blast! As I was decorating my Precious Moments tree for the Celebrity Area, I listened and watched all of the other decorators. Each one had their own strategy and process for putting their trees together. It must have been obvious it was my first time, because I had a few different people stop by to chat and offer tips. Everyone was helping one another and it was fantastic. I felt a bit of nervousness when I was decorating — would someone bid on my tree? Fortunately someone did and the bid was higher than I anticipated. (Whew!)” ~ Stephanie LH Calahan
Ready to take action and sign up? GREAT! You can sign up by clicking here.