Hospice of Redmond is celebrating its 40th annual Festival of Trees. A long-time Central Oregon tradition, Festival of Trees, is returning to the Deschutes County Fairgrounds this December with a goal of showcasing 40 trees. This year, the event will be hosted in two buildings at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds to accommodate the additional trees and anticipated guests. The one-day event will be on December 2, 2023. Hospice of Redmond’s Festival of Trees supports hospice services for Central Oregon residents.

“This event is special to us; it is our only large fundraiser, and we are thrilled to celebrate our 40th year,” said Jane McGuire, Executive Director of Hospice of Redmond. “We could not put this event on without the support of our community of volunteers and sponsors and are looking forward to kicking off the holiday season with this grand event.”

Festival of Trees is Hospice of Redmond’s fundraising event of the year. Proceeds from decorated trees, miscellaneous auction items, and ticket sales help fund many of the nonprofit’s hospice services and programs. The formal Gala begins with delicious drinks and appetizers amid beautifully decorated trees, followed by a live and entertaining auction. Many prominent Central Oregon businesses and supporters of hospice services purchase trees and decorate them with various sought-after items. Vacations to Whistler and Mexico were on one popular tree sold in 2022. Hospice of Redmond is decorating a special tree for its new Pet Peace of Mind program and Camp Sunrise this year. Proceeds from the sale of these trees will support the individual programs.

Hospice of Redmond is accepting Tree Decorator and Sponsor applications through October 15th. Tree Decorators will decorate the trees at the Fairgrounds on Friday, December 1st. The community is invited to the fairgrounds for a free viewing of the trees on Saturday, December 2nd, from 10 am-2 pm.  The family fun tree preview will include Santa, and live local entertainment. Attendees can vote for the People’s Choice Award for their favorite tree.

The Gala and live auction will be held later that evening, and the trees will be delivered to the winning bidders on Sunday, December 3rd.

“I have watched hearts be healed and lives changed as our community comes together to be a part of the event,” said Andrea Springer, Festival of Trees Coordinator, Hospice of Redmond Board Chairperson. “It is hard to explain the magic of the event without experiencing it firsthand. It is just as exciting to be a tree decorator as it is to be the person delivering the trees the day after the event.”

Funds raised at Festival of Trees allow Hospice of Redmond to provide terminally ill people and their families services not covered by Medicare or private insurance. These services include bereavement counseling, the Transitions program for people with life-limiting illnesses, Pet Peace of Mind, and Camp Sunrise, an annual grief camp for children throughout Central Oregon.

For more information about Festival of Trees 2023, contact Hospice of Redmond at (541) 548-7483 or email festivaloftrees@hospiceofredmond.org. If you wish to support Hospice of Redmond through giving, please visit their website, hospiceofredmond.org, and click the donate button. Any amount is appreciated, and all donations help families in Central Oregon.

Media inquiries should contact Jane McGuire, Executive Director for Hospice of Redmond, at marketing@hospiceofredmond.org or (541) 548-7483.