2020Festival of Trees
Holiday Wishes Non-Gala Event - November 9-21
Country Store - November 12-21 at Northland Mall
Home for the Holidays Festival of Trees Online Auction - November 17-21
While the COVID-19 pandemic has the nation and our area under new guidelines and restrictions, the safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, contributors and the public is our top priority. So, the Festival of Trees will take a new approach in 2020.
The event is not entirely cancelled. We will do our best to bring the community a week of online auction items featuring baskets, decorated trees, table settings and other items. Our ever-popular Country Store at this time will be held at Northland Mall with guidelines for masking, social distancing, and capacity restrictions. Our yearly Memorial Ornaments will be available for advance purchase and the Tree of Memories will be displayed at the hospice office. Viewing of the tree will be available from the outside only. Unfortunately, our annual Gala Evening will not be able to take place as usual, we will host a Home for the Holidays Non-Gala Evening. We are working to accommodate where we can but realize that things will not be the same. Keep updated by visiting our website at www.hospicerockriver.org or by checking our Facebook page.
The Festival of Trees is the largest fundraiser for Rock River Hospice & Home and continues to need your support of any size. We are very grateful for our sponsors, volunteers and our patrons for their continued support and participation in 2020. Monetary gifts of any size and donations of items for the auctions are appreciated.
This event benefits compassionate, quality Hospice care for the terminally ill and their families who reside in our communities of Bureau, Carroll, Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties. The generosity of our sponsors enables Rock River Hospice & Home to continue to provide experienced care to terminally ill patients without cost to them or their families.
Schedule of Events
(events are subject to change)
Monday-Saturday, Nov. 9-21 Large Tree and Friendship Tree Viewing Only
Northland Mall, Sterling, IL
A limited number of Large Trees and Friendship Trees will be available for viewing only in storefronts at Northland Mall in the west hall (Bergner's hall). All the trees will be up for bid along with some table settings and our auction baskets and items in an Online Auction. The auction will take place Nov. 17-21. Check back here or visit our Facebook page for links to the auction beginning in mid-November.
November 9-21 "Holiday Wishes" Festival of Trees Non-Gala Event
We ask you to not join us in person this year, but stay home with your family and have a
nice meal or have a pizza, movie and popcorn night. Save money on a new outfit, no need to
get your hair done, you can even be in bed by 9 p.m. if you want.
We do invite you however to continue to support Rock River Hospice & Home and the
services we provide to our communities at NO-COST with a donation of what you would
have spent to attend our annual event (remember, you would have spent money on the
tickets, drinks, auctions items, new clothes, a haircut, etc.) Donations can be made by check
or credit card. Call us, stop by the office, mail in your donation, or use our easy online
donation, and tag it Non-Gala Donation. More details to come.
Thursday, Nov. 12-21 Country Store open at Northland Mall
The store is filled with holiday crafts, decorations and gifts for everyone on your
Sponsored by Johnson Oil Company, Sterling Federal Bank & CGH Caring Fund.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 12-14
Noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15
11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, Nov. 16-20
11 a.m. t0 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21
**Note: Masks will be required for all patrons in the Country Store. You will be asked to sanitize your hands upon entrance and maintain six-foot distancing requirements. Only a set number of patrons will be allowed in the store at any given time.
Tuesday, Nov. 17-21 Festival of Trees Home of the Holidays Online Auction
Trees, Friendship Trees, Table Settings and Auction Items will be displayed and available
for bidding through an online auction. Check back here or visit our Facebook page for links
to the auction beginning in mid-November.
November 30-December 5 Festival of Trees Holiday Hustle Virtual 5K Run/Walk
We will be hosting our first virtual walk/run for hospice, to keep with social distancing
requirements. The idea is to set a goal of doing a 5k. Dress up in some festive Holiday attire
to make it more fun and share your photos by tagging us on Facebook
(@rockriverhospiceandhome) or Instagram (@rockriverhospice) and use the hashtag
#FOTHolidayHustle. One random winner will receive a $25 gift card.
You will have a week to complete your walk/run
Register by clicking the Snowman !!
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** Schedule and events subject to change without notice.
Breck & Sheri
Why become involved with the Festival of Trees?
The Festival of Trees:
• A tradition in the Sauk Valley area for 31 years
• Support hospice services to those in need
• Any size contribution is welcome and appreciated
• Provides tax deductions as allowed by IRS regulations
Sponsorships are available for specific areas of the Festival of Trees. All donations regardless of size are welcome and appreciated.
CLICK HERE for Sponsorship Opportunities
How do I contribute an item to the online auction?
Making a donation to the Festival of Trees auctions is a unique is an easy way to support the Festival of Trees and Rock River Hospice & Home. We are seeking items for our auctions and ask you to consider making a donation of an basket, handmade item, gift certificate or really almost anything, including cash. If a cash donation is sent, RRHH will purchase an item for auction in your business/individual name.
CLICK HERE for Auction Form
How do I decorate a tree or other item for the Festival of Trees?
Anyone or any group may decorate a tree or item for the Festival of Trees. For 2020, we do a limited number of Large Trees and Friendship Trees that will be allowed. We have several areas that may be of interest to you:
• Large Trees (4' and up) - Chairperson Karen Voss
Click for a Large Tree Decorator Packet
• Friendship Trees (3' and under) - Chairperson Karen Voss
Click for a Friendship Tree Decorator Packet
• Wreaths and Other Holiday Pieces - (call RRHH)
For more information about specific areas, please contact the chairperson or call the Rock River Hospice & Home office at 815-625-3858.
Tree of Memories - Memorial Ornaments
Each year the Festival of Trees debuts a newly designed Memorial Ornament which is available for order/purchase and is displayed on the Tree of Memories. This year the Tree of Memories will be available for outside viewing only at the Rock River Hospice & Home Office.
Ornaments can be purchased in honor of or in memory of a loved one(s). The name of your loved one(s) will be placed on the ornament & displayed in the window at our office next to the Tree of Memories. Ornaments are also a nice gift to give a friend or relative.
Ornaments can be pre-ordered now for $12 each.
For more information, please contact Rock River Hospice & Home at 815-625-3858.
CLICK HERE for Order Form
2020 Ornament Design
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Holiday Wishes Non-Gala Event
We ask you to not join us in person this year, but stay home with your family and have a nice meal or have a pizza, movie and popcorn night. Save money on a new outfit, no need to get your hair done, you can even be in bed by 9 p.m. if you want.
We do invite you however to continue to support Rock River Hospice & Home and the services we provide to our communities at NO-COST with a donation of what you would have spent to attend our annual event (remember, you would have spent money on the
tickets, drinks, auctions items, new clothes, a haircut, etc.) Donations can be made by check or credit card. Call us, stop by the office, mail in your donation, or use our easy online donation, and note it as Non-Gala Donation. More details to come.
Festival of Trees Holiday Hustle Virtual 5k Run/Walk
November 29-December 5
We will be hosting our first virtual walk/run for hospice, to keep with social distancing requirements. The idea is to set a goal of doing a 5k. Dress up in some festive Holiday attire to make it more fun and share your photos by tagging us on Facebook (@rockriverhospiceandhome) or Instagram (@rockriverhospice) and use the hashtag #FOTHolidayHustle.
You will have a week to complete your walk/run.
Sponsored by CGH Medical Center, Sauk Valley Bank, Breck & Sheri Loos, Frantz Manufacturing
Register by clicking the Snowman !
How can I contribute to the
Crafts, cash donations and baked goods are all welcome and needed to help make the Country Store a success. To make a contribution please contact the following:
• Craft & Baked Goods Donations
- Chairperson Julie Woessner, 815-626-6100
• Cash Donations - Send to RRHH, 2706 Avenue E,
Sterling, IL 61081
For additional questions, call Rock River Hospice & Home at 815-625-3858.
Breck & Sheri
Breck & Sheri Loos
2020 Festival Angels
John & Gail Carrillo
Tom & Jacalyn Davis
Boss Carpet One Floor & Home
Foster Coach Sales
Jeff Bright RV Center
Kophamer & Blean Realty, Inc.
Arch Vending, Inc.
Jim & Maggie Wike
Happy Joe's / Brick Street Pub
St. Andrew School
Wahl Clipper Corporation
1st Gateway Credit Union
Royal Neighbors of America
Chapter No. 516