We're proud to be part of the Saskatoon community. Now, more than ever, the health and well-being of our community is of utmost importance. We're making the changes necessary to the Festival for the health & safety of our supporters and volunteers.
Our venue location for many years has been the Western Development Museum (WDM). The WDM re-opened to the public August 19, 2020 with adjusted days, hours and capacity. At a meeting with the WDM in mid-September we learned they are operating quite a bit below their already adjusted capacity and are not comfortable operating any higher than current admission levels. The health & safety of visitors, volunteers and staff is hugely important and we respect and support the WDM in these efforts.
This means it's not possible for us to host an in-person Festival of Trees this year. We look forward to celebrating the holiday season with you during our 2020 online sale, virtual programming and re-imagination of a way to make gingerbread cookies available to purchase.
Without an in-person Festival of Trees and due to the 30 person limit on the size of gatherings, special events of Jingle & Mingle, Brunch With Santa, Father/Daughter Gala, Christmas Carnival and Perfectly Princess Tea Party have been cancelled for 2020.
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, special event guests 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.
Help us spread the word to your friends, family and contacts plus be sure to follow us on social media for design tips, holiday hacks and the latest info on the online sale. Feel free to contact us with any questions or to chat about how you can help.
We've been part of the Saskatoon community for 35 years and have no plans on stopping now! We look forward to your support.