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.
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). The trees will be up for bid along with some table settings and auction baskets and items in an online auction. The auction will take place Nov. 17-21. Check www.hospicerockriver.org or visit our Facebook page for links to the auction beginning in mid-November. For more information, call (815) 625-3858 or visit www.hospicerockriver.org.
The Festival of Trees 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.
Festival of Trees presented by Sterling Commercial Roofing, Breck & Sheri Loos and CGH Medical Center.