Gillette Festival of Trees raises record $385K for healthcare

Judging at the 2021 Gillette Festival of Trees started early Friday when it hosted a special session for seniors with a viewing, luncheon, and singing by the Chamber Choir. The event raised a record $385,000 for local healthcare. (RJ Morgan/County 17)

In a milestone year for the Gillette Festival of Trees, it’s only fitting that the event also raked in a record amount of money for the local healthcare.

The 30th annual event, which has become the official launch of the holiday season in Gillette, raised $385,000 through its auctions, raffles and sponsorships. That number breaks the previous record by $40,000 which was set in midst of the pandemic last year.

The top grossing tree in the large tree division titled “Home of the Free, Because of the Brave,” brought in $25,000. The tree, sponsored by Summit OB/GYN, captured three awards – senior’s choice, people’s choice, and judge’s choice.

 

The second highest grossing sale was another large tree titled “Blue Collar Christmas,” which sold for $20,000. It was sponsored and designed by Wes and Kristin McKenney and Jeff and Cori McKenney, and won the judge’s choice award.

The top-earning wreath was “Christmas in the Mountains” and it sold for $7,500. It was sponsored by Wood Wireline and designed by Courtney Hargens and Tiffany Wood-Nelson. It captured awards in judge’s choice, youth choice, and people’s choice.

In the last 29 years, Festival of Trees is proud to announce raising close to $3 million, all of which stays in Campbell County supporting many facets of healthcare. Festival of Trees would not be possible without the tremendous support of a volunteer-led fundraising group of hundreds, who give their time and talents, and a generous community to host one of the largest fundraising events in Gillette.

This year Festival of Trees will benefit Cancer Care, Lifeline Emergency Response System, scholarships and future projects benefitting Campbell County.

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Large Tree Division

People’s Choice

  1. Home of the Free, Because of the Brave
  2. I’ll Be Gnome for Christmas
  3. Santa at Home

Judge’s Choice

  1. Home of the Free, Because of the Brave
  2. I’ll Be Gnome for Christmas
  3. Blue Collar Christmas

Senior’s Choice

  1. Home of the Free, Because of the Brave

Committee Choice

  1. Where It’s Always Winter and Never Christmas

Youth Choice

  1. I’ll Be Gnome for Christmas

Elf Tree Division

People’s Choice

  1. Floating through the Holiday
  2. Have a Dino-mite Christmas
  3. We Wish You a Merry “Little” Christmas

Judge’s Choice

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  1. Floating through the Holiday
  2. Santa’s Reindeer Lodge
  3. Have a Dino-mite Christmas

Senior’s Choice

  1. Floating through the Holiday

Committee Choice

  1. Floating through the Holiday

Youth Choice

  1. Have a Dino-mite Christmas

Wreath Division

People’s Choice

  1. Christmas in the Mountains
  2. A Berry Beautiful Sparkling Christmas
  3. Traditional Joy

Judge’s Choice

  1. Christmas in the Mountains
  2. A Berry Beautiful Sparkling Christmas
  3. Traditional Joy

Senior’s Choice

  1. A Berry Beautiful Sparkling Christmas

Committee Choice

  1. A Berry Beautiful Sparkling Christ

Youth Choice

  1. Christmas in the Mountains

Judge’s Choice – Most Traditional

  1. Santa at Home

Judge’s Choice – Most Creative

  1. Home of the Free, Because of the Brave