Our purpose is to engage the community in an event that celebrates the holiday season through special events, attractions and decorated displays while raising funds to support our beneficiary, Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation.
Since becoming a non-profit in 2006, we've donated $1,700,559 to Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation. Because of the support of sponsors, designers, volunteers and visitors $100,000 was directed in 2019 towards the purchase of an automated medication dispensing system.
In order to continue supporting our community, we need to generate revenue in 2020 to cover our costs until the 2021 event.
Funds raised at the 2020 Festival of Trees will support Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation's Making the O.R. a PriORity campaign. Your support will ensure the Operating Room has the best, latest and safest equipment.
We're a non-profit organization led by a volunteer board of directors. A core committee plans year-round while the event itself is powered by over 250 volunteers. Guy Paterson, Chair Ronna Hjertaas, CEO Mary-Lou Eastman, Vice Chair Kayla Kobiela, Secretary Raylene Kershaw, Operations Manager
The Festival of Trees started in 1986 as a one-day event at the TCUP organized by the Canadian Progress Club – Saskatoon Meewasin. Proceeds were shared amongst the Progress Club, Saskatoon Crisis Nursery and Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation.
1987: the Festival became a two-day event hosted at the Delta Bessborough hotel
1988 to 1990: the Festival continued to grow and gain popularity
1990: Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation organized the Gala Evening & the Progress Club turned over the Festival to the Foundation to run
1991: the Festival was named the Saskatoon City Hospital Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees developed into a 9-day event. With a strong volunteer committee in place, the decision was made to establish the Festival as its own non-profit. On April 1, 2006 the Festival became the Saskatoon City Hospital Festival of Trees Inc. (later changing its name to the Saskatoon Festival of Trees Inc. on March 11, 2014).
Today we're in our 35th year of operations and still going strong thanks to the support of sponsors, visitors and volunteers.