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2020 Festival of Trees
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
November 12–21 at Northland Mall
Home for the Holidays Festival of Trees Online Auction
Festival of Trees Holiday Hustle Virtual 5k Run/Walk
November 30–December 5
Schedule of Events
Online Tree Auction
Northland Mall & Virtual
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.
"Holiday Wishes" Festival of Trees Non-Gala Event
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.
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.
Why become involved with 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.
How do I contribute an item to the online auction?
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
- Chairperson Karen Voss
Click for a Friendship Tree Decorator Packet
- Table Settings – Chairperson Jodi Woessner & Kathy Hinrichs
- 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.
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
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.