Festival of Trees


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2020 Festival Of Trees

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2020 Festival of Trees

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.

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 or by checking our Facebook page.

** Schedule and events subject to change without notice.

2020 Home for the Holidays
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

Festival of Trees Holiday Hustle Virtual 5k Run/Walk

November 30–December 5

Schedule of Events

Online Tree Auction

Northland Mall & Virtual

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.

Presenting Sponsors

Breck & Sheri Loos

"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.

"Holiday Wishes" Sponsors

Country Store

Northland Mall


The Country store is filled with holiday crafts, decorations and gifts for everyone on your shopping list, including a large selection of fresh baked holiday treats daily. Sponsored by Johnson Oil Company, CGH Medical Center Caring Fund andSterling Federal Bank.


Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 12–14: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 15: Noon to 5 p.m.
Monday-Friday, Nov. 16–20: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

**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.

Country Store Sponsors

Johnson Oil Company

Caring Fund

Sterling Federal Bank

Holiday Hustle 


Nov. 30–
Dec. 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.

$25 Registration includes a long sleeve T-Shirt*.
*Must Register by Nov. 1 to Receive T-Shirt. Shirts Will Need to Be Picked Up at the RRHH Office.

Holiday Hustle 5K Sponsors

Breck & Sheri Loos


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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 a 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:

For more information about specific areas, please contact the chairperson or call the Rock River Hospice & Home office at 815-625-3858.

How can I contribute to the Country Store?

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.

Tree of Memories — Memorial Ornaments

Sponsored By:

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.

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