The holidays are almost here and, in Helena, Intermountain’s Festival of Trees will kick off the Christmas season with the 28th annual Festival of Trees from December 2-6 at the Helena Civic Center. The theme, Christmas in the High Country, promises a robust and exciting event.
Intermountain is excited to have the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, in conjunction with Montana Rail Link (MRL), as a new Premier Sponsor this year. The Foundation, along with MRL and its 1,200 Montana employees, believes in Intermountain’s mission, and sponsoring the Festival of Trees makes perfect sense based on Dennis and Phyllis Washington’s passion for helping children and families in need. We are also grateful to Fast Enterprises, which has been a partner of the Festival of Trees for several years and joins Montana Rail Link as a Premier Sponsor. Fast Enterprises, a technology company that works with government agencies, helping them apply technology in ways that make them more effective and efficient, views it a privilege to serve the people of Montana and to be a part of the Festival. Other Community Partners include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, Cloud Peak Energy, Diamond Construction, Diamond Dream Wholesale and Supply, KXLH, Wipfli LLP, Independent Record, Mergenthaler Transfer and Storage, Montana Radio, Roger Mathis Photography and Walmart, along with many others.
As always, a cadre of generous volunteers will work together in order to transform the Helena Civic Center Ballroom to reflect the 2015 theme and the joy of Christmas. This year’s volunteer co-chairs, Anne Pichette and Annie Peterson, are veterans of the event. They have been meeting with an eager committee for several months to organize the volunteer efforts from set-up of the ballroom to delivery of the large trees. Some of the volunteers and sponsors of the Festival of Trees have been a part of Festival for every year since it was started 28 years ago.
Intermountain’s Festival of Trees transformation is not complete until the trees go from bare to beautiful. All trees are sponsored by local businesses and individuals and designed and completed by volunteers. There are approximately 27 design teams to help decorate the “big” trees for the live auction, while hundreds of volunteers tackle the nearly 150 tabletop trees and wreaths placed in the silent auction.
One of the most popular events of the Festival of Trees is the Jingle Bell Jam Dance on Saturday, December 5th, where The Clintons will be playing. Tickets are $20 per person in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets are available at any Valley Bank location, the Independent Record, Linda’s Bridal Images and Mr. Tux or at the door.
Festival of Trees also hosts Family Days on Saturday and Sunday. Santa will be in Fun Land and there will be lots of fun activities for kids and families! Admission is $5 for everyone. Anyone may donate a new, unwrapped toy for free admission, and children under the age of 10 have free admission when accompanied by an adult.
The goal of the Festival of Trees is to raise awareness and focus on the variety of services Intermountain provides for families in the community. Intermountain knows that a healthy community comes through building strong, healthy individuals and relationships.
Intermountain’s Community Services Center at 3240 Dredge Drive offers a variety of integrated outpatient services for children, adolescents and families struggling with emotional health and substance abuse issues. Services include outpatient therapy, psychiatric medication management, psychological testing and evaluation, co-occurring substance use and mental health treatment, school based services and family based services, including adoption, foster care and in-home therapeutic care. The flagship residential campus at 500 South Lamborn includes an integrated private school as well as the Stabilization Center. Providence Home, a therapeutic group home in the Flathead Valley, provides another care center.
For more information, visit www.intermountain.org/fot or call the Festival of Trees Office at 406-457-4760.