2017 FOT committee

The 2017 Festival of Trees Committee is pictured; from left to right, back row: Donna Dye; Judy James; Carol Myerscough; Carol Adams; Jennifer Swearingen, 2017 Committee Chair; Nancy Phillips; Amanda Snowden; Bernie Pluard and Toby Hilgenberg. Middle row: Vicky Gilliland; Jackie Swango; Gail Schultz; Melanie Smitley and Gayle Patrem. Front row: Angela Hampton; Shirley White; Kim Lockart, Special Event Coordinator; and Amanda Due. Not present are: Paula Birdsong, Kathy Clark, Megan McElwee, Donna Pinnell and Kelly Vilardo.

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MATTOON -- The holiday season is just around the corner and plans are well underway for the 19th annual Festival of Trees at Sarah Bush Lincoln.

Beautifully decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and home décor will adorn the Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education at Sarah Bush Lincoln from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18. The public is invited to share in this magical event, themed “A Heartfelt Christmas.”

Net proceeds from this year’s Festival of Trees will support Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Foundation’s current initiative, “Life ... Nothing Beats It,” a capital campaign to raise funds for the cardiology expansion project that will include a new heart center and 21 new private patient rooms.

An exclusive preview of the Festival of Trees is being offered again this year during “Friends Night Out,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Guests may purchase cash-and-carry items, bid on silent auction items and view the beautifully adorned Education Center before doors open to the public at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Tickets for Thursday night, which can be purchased in advance or at the door, are available for $10 and include a free signature drink.

Another highlight of the Festival is the Memory Star Tree, which offers anyone the opportunity to purchase a star for $30 in honor of, or in memory of someone special. Following the Festival, those who purchased an ornament are encouraged to take it home to enjoy throughout the holidays. Money raised from the Memory Star Tree will support Lincolnland Hospice programs.

The foundation extends a special thank you to this year’s sponsors: Consolidated Communications (Media Sponsor); First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust (Gala Sponsor); WMCI, The Party, The Axe and Victory (Memory Star Tree Title Sponsors); and, Adams Memorials; Anderson Electric, Inc.; Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative and Co-Bank (Festival Sponsors).

For more information about the festival, contact Kim Lockart, event coordinator, at 217-238-4765 or go to www.sarahbush.org. To purchase tickets for Friends Night Out, or tickets to the Gala, call Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Foundation at 217-258-2511.

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