Festival Of Trees: A History

by Jim Dittmann
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By: Barb Schreiner Campbell


My inspiration for Festival of Trees happened while visiting family.  We attended the City Holiday Festivities in Wausau and I had immediate visions of bringing this type of event back to Beaver Dam.  I thought it could provide an avenue to help people, and I began investigating local organizations.  This was how I learned about Church Health Services (CHS).  I learned from Dr. Mike and Lois Augustine that CHS was a faith-based program that provides and promotes whole person health through clinics, congregations and community.  Little did I know, my husband, Mike Schreiner, would be diagnosed with cancer and pass away shortly thereafter.  I became someone who benefited from the spiritual support of CHS.  Thirteen years later, I am still doing Festival of Trees for my late husband, my community, and for a great organization.  I truly believe our community is a better place for having CHS here.

For the past 12 years, Festival of Trees has been at Landmark Credit Union (formerly Dodge Central Credit Union).  This year our committee had visions for change.  We decided to be bold and move the event to Old Hickory Golf Club.  Many things will be different.  The event will be held on Saturday, November 28.  Cocktails begin at 5:30 with a sit-down dinner at 7:00.  We will have a silent auction, as well as a live auction with auctioneer Jeff Kitchen.  We are also happy to offer delivery on Sunday for all trees over 5 feet tall.

Festival of Trees tickets can be purchased at Landmark Credit Union in Beaver Dam, Mayville, Juneau, and Fall River; Clyman Village Hall; Fresh Heir in the Park Village Shopping Center in Beaver Dam; Old Hickory Golf Club; and from committee members Barb Schreiner Campbell, Betsy Zuhlke, Kathy Swenson, Hamer Campbell, Jim Dais, Kris Kohlhoff, Denise Fitzsimmons, Mary Vogl-Rauscher, Pat Ninmann and Bev Beal-Loeck (CHS liaison).  Tickets now are $45 per person.

If you are interested in donating, becoming a sponsor or have any questions, please contact Barb at 920-392-1212 or send her an email at 1209barb@gmail.com.

We are so excited about this year!  Every year has been better than the one before.  Our donations are spectacular!  A vintage sleigh and Santa, a Christmas golf surprise, some razzle-dazzle, trees galore, homemade bake goods and much, much more.  Please join us.

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