Published on November 17th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
26th Festival of Trees Brings Holiday Magic to the Midlands
Proceeds benefit Palmetto Health Childrenâ€™s Hospital
COLUMBIA, S.C.â€”Palmetto Health Foundationâ€™s 26thÂ Festival of Trees will bring holiday magic and cheer to the Midlands Friday through Sunday,Â Nov. 20-22Â at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in the Vista. Festival of Trees features a silent auction, powered by mobile bidding, of decorated trees, wreaths, stockings, gifts, menorahs, dreidels and works of art created by patients at Palmetto Health Childrenâ€™s Hospital.
An exclusive, black-tie Festival of Trees Auction Preview will be heldÂ Friday, Nov. 20, 7-10 p.m.Â at the Convention Center. Guests will have an exclusive first opportunity to bid on items and be part of a live fund-a-need to support an inpatient Neurological Rehabilitation Program at Palmetto Health Childrenâ€™s Hospital. Reservations are $125 each and include cocktails and heavy hors dâ€™oeuvres. Reservations may be made atFestivalofTreesColumbia.org. Valet parking will be available.
On Saturday and Sunday, the silent auction will continue, and families will enjoy holiday entertainment include local choirs, dance groups, photos with Santa, face painting and a magic show. The popular â€śMascot Madness Paradeâ€ť featuring area mascots will begin on Sunday at 1 p.m. A full entertainment schedule can be found atFestivalofTreesColumbia.org. Weekend hours areÂ Saturday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Â andÂ Sunday, Nov. 22, noon to 4 p.m.Weekend admission is $2 per person or $5 per family (up to four people). The silent auction will close on Sunday at 4 p.m. Weekend admission may be purchased in advance atÂ FestivalofTreesColumbia.org.
On Wednesday, Nov. 18, the fans of Palmetto Health Foundationâ€™s Facebook page will get a sneak peek and be invited to vote for their favorite item up for bid in the Festival of Trees silent auction in the â€śFrostyâ€™s Facebook Award Contest.â€ť
Last year, Festival of Trees raised more than $279,000, including in-kind donations, for Palmetto Health Childrenâ€™s Hospital! Since 1988, proceeds from Festival of Trees have supported new and existing programs and services that benefit Childrenâ€™s Hospital, where more than 80,000 children are treated each year.
Palmetto Health Childrenâ€™s HospitalÂ Palmetto Health Childrenâ€™s Hospital, South Carolinaâ€™s first and only freestanding childrenâ€™s hospital, treats more than 80,000 sick and injured children in South Carolina annually in its inpatient and outpatient facilities. As a major pediatric referral center, Palmetto Health Childrenâ€™s Hospital offers more than 30 subspecialties devoted strictly to children.
Palmetto Health FoundationÂ Palmetto Health Foundationâ€™s mission is to engage community partners to enhance health care for patients and families served by Palmetto Health. For more information, visitpalmettohealthfoundation.orgÂ or callÂ (803) 434-7275.