We've been kicking off the holiday season for 38 years (since 1986!) becoming a family favourite in Saskatoon and a seasonal tradition for so many.
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.
Revenue is generated through general admission, the sale of decorated displays, gingerbread cookies, special events, raffles and most importantly - sponsorship.
Since becoming a non-profit in 2006, we've donated $1,787,849.48 to Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation. The Operating Room at Saskatoon City Hospital is a busy place. Every year there are more than 12,000 procedures, a number that continues to grow in the aftermath of the pandemic and as the population grows. Your support of the 2023 Festival of Trees will help replace and upgrade vital anesthetic and monitoring equipment in the O.R. New equipment will not only enhance patient safety, it also will help staff deal with workloads and prevent postponements or cancellations. The need for the latest and safest medical equipment is ongoing. We're committed to help meet this need and invite you to join us.
A grand total of 22,675 people attended the 2022 Saskatoon Festival of Trees. Thanks to the support of our generous sponsors, visitors, volunteers and supporters, proceeds of $46,686.48 supported our beneficiary, Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation and their Equip for Excellence campaign to provide the best equipment, resources and technology for the hospital, its dedicated employees and, most important, patients.
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 up to 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 38th year of operations and still going strong thanks to the support of sponsors, visitors and volunteers.