Intermountain’s Festival of Trees
Intermountain’s 2014 Festival of Trees Breaks Records in All Categories
Intermountain’s 27th annual Festival of Trees, one of Helena’s premier holiday events, was a huge success, breaking records in all categories! We had more volunteers, better attendance, raised more money and had more fun than ever before! This year’s light-hearted theme, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” proved inspirational to the many who participated. This extraordinary event has become a tradition of Helena’s holiday season while raising much needed funding for quality children’s programs at Intermountain.
Co-chairs Anne Pichette and Annie Peterson led a group of over 40 volunteers in planning and preparing for the big event while 28 volunteer teams of designers and decorators produced the most beautiful array of live-auction trees while over 100 others created silent auction trees and wreaths from exquisite to whimsical. The event was held on December 3-7, 2014. Plans are already underway for next year’s Festival of Trees.
For more information email Stephanie Fitte or call (406) 457-4760.
Auction Design Information
How to Sign Up
To register as a silent auction designer (table top tree or wreath) fill the for out below, or pick one up at the office located at 500 S. Lamborn. Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The designer information form and donation form is due November 8th, 2014. Please return it to the Festival of Trees Office at Intermountain, 500 S. Lamborn, Helena, MT 59601.
Where to Deliver Items
All entries must be delivered to the Helena Civic Center on Tuesday, December 2nd 2013 between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the silent auction coordinator table upstairs. Enter through the doors on the Benton Avenue side of the Civic Center, turn left and go up the ramp inside to the balcony.
Trees and Wreaths Pick-Up Dates
Table top trees, large trees, and wreaths will be available for pick-up October 9 – November 3, 2014 on a first come first serve basis. They are available at Valley Farms located at 250 Mill Road, Helena MT. (Supplies are limited.)
Award-winning silent auction designers will be notified on Wednesday December 3rd.
Award ceremony is Thursday, December 4th for adults, Saturday December 6th for youth, in the Helena Civic Center Ballroom
The History of Festival of Trees
|1st||1988||Birth of a Tradition|
|2nd||1989||Festival of Trees|
|3rd||1990||Visions of Sugarplums|
|4th||1991||Babes in Toyland|
|5th||1992||Christmas Around the World|
|7th||1994||Make Spirits Bright|
|8th||1995||Through the Eyes of a Child|
|9th||1996||Love, Laughter and Dreams|
|10th||1997||The Wonder of It All|
|11th||1998||The Music of Christmas|
|12th||1999||Turn of the Century Past, Present
|13th||2000||An Enchanted Forest|
|14th||2001||Home for the Holidays|
|15th||2002||A Tradition of Hope|
|16th||2003||Wish Upon a Star|
|17th||2004||That Christmas Feeling|
|18th||2005||Let It Be Christmas|
|19th||2006||A Rocky Mountain Christmas|
|20th||2007||A Season of Hope|
|21th||2008||Music, Magic and Light|
|22th||2009||100 Christmas Miracles|
|23th||2010||Celebrate the Wonder|
|24th||2011||Black Tie, White Christmas|
|25th||2012||25 Years of Tradition|
|26th||2013||Over the River and Through the Woods|
|27th||2014||Baby It’s Cold Outside|
A Tradition Continues
The Festival of Trees has raised more than $2 Million over the last 26 years for the mission of Intermountain, “Healing Through Healthy Relationships”. From its humble beginnings with a few trees that netted $5,000 in 1988, to the record of $227,000 in 2011.
A Tradition of Giving
The generosity of the Helena community has made Festival of Trees bigger and brighter every year. Thirty trees, vacation packages, and a few specialty items are auctioned each year. The record sale price for one tree sale is over $28,000! Sponsors have continued to support the event so that revenue goes directly to support the event so that revenue goes directly to the children’s needs. So many people respond to the needs of children with their time, treasures, and talent. We are blessed and thankful for each and every one.
Silent Auction areas include Table Top Trees and Winterland Wreaths. An added part of Festival of Trees is Funland, which is bright with children’s activities. The weekend is highlighted with live entertainment in the ballroom provided by talented local groups.
A Tradition of Caring
Financial contributions are not all the Festival of Trees gives to Intermountain. The many volunteers involved in the Festival of Trees also participate in the true spirit of caring. The Festival of Trees volunteer force is comprised on a 30+ member steering committee. More than 500 volunteers help to produce the Festival of Trees, many working throughout the year.
Be a Festival of Trees Volunteer!
Intermountain is fortunate to have dedicated volunteers as the driving force behind its Festival of Trees. Over 500 dedicated volunteers work to help turn the Helena Civic Center into a winter wonderland.
Do you have a few hours to make a difference in a child’s life? There are many great opportunities for you to volunteer in a variety of areas. Whether you want to setup the event, take tickets, or help guide people, there is definitely a place for you at the Festival of Trees.
Set Up, Take Down: Decorate displays, construct the backdrop and general setup. Handyman skills appreciated but not necessary.
Security Floor Host: Provide security for the trees, auction items, and raffle prizes. Serve as host, answer questions, assist traffic flow. This position requires standing and walking.
Funland: Work with children on activites such as face painting, cookie decoration and story telling. This is a fun and active area.
Ticket Taker: Welcome guests, sell tickets and distribute programs. (Must be 18)
Volunteer Center: Welcome our volunteers. Sign in individuals and groups. Work in various areas when shortages occur.
Where Ever Needed: Your help is needed in many areas, let us assign you where the need is the greatest.
Volunteer Opportunity Dates: December 2nd, 2013 – December 7th, 2014
You can also pick up a paper version of the form at the Intermountain Development office (same address as below) and return form by November 17th, 2014 to:
Festival of Trees Office
500 S Lamborn
Helena, MT 59601
For more information, call (406) 457-4804.
Thank you to Our Sponsors
Each year, individuals and corporations join together to support children and families at Intermountain. These sponsors help restore hope to children.
If you are interested in becoming a Festival of Trees Sponsor please take a look at our Sponsorship Brochure and call (406) 457-4760.
Holiday Hero: $10,000
Major Sponsors: $6000
Feature Sponsors: $4000
Area Sponsors: $2000
Vacation Package Sponsors: $2000
Tree Sponsors: $1000
Angel Sponsors: $500
Friend Sponsors: $250
Holiday Hero Sponsors:
Auction Package Sponsor:
Festival Area Sponsor:
Anderson ZurMuehlen & Employee Benefit Resources
Starbucks Coffee Company
American Federal Savings Bank
Best Western Great Northern Hotel
Bill Bahny & Associates
Michael J. Dixon, M.D.
John E. Smith D.M.D.
Lamb & Carey Law
Luxan & Murfitt, PLLP
Merganthaler Transfer & Storage
Montana Records Management
Montana State Fund
Mountain West Office Solutions
Partners in Pediatrics
Rocky Mountain Credit Union
Rudd & Company
Mountain West Benefit
The Sexton Group, Inc.
US Bank – Trust Dept.
The Vanilla Bean Bakery
Big Sky Acoustics
Ben Franklin Crafts
Claeys Family Dentistry
Big Sky Plumbing & Heating
Helena Orthodontics Drs. Foster and Fiehrer
Montana Broom & Brush
Payne/Montana International Insurance
Personnel Plus! Consulting Services
Perkins Family Restaurant
Festival Star Sponsor:
Ash Grove Cement
Finstad’s Carpet One
Red Lion Colonial Hotel
Town Center Chiropractic- Dr. V.J. Maddio
Bank of the Rockies
Festival Friend Sponsor:
Bridger Veterinarian Hospital
Capital Chiropractic Center
Lyle Hamilton & Marianne Niesen
Helena Stamp Works & Engraving
J.A. Swanson Agency
Montana City Bank
Montana Eye Care
Sullivan Financial Group Inc.