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Memorial's 2014 Festival of Trees Sets Record, Raises More Than $333,000


Memorial’s 25th annual Festival of Trees raised $333,889 to fund health-related projects and programs at Memorial Health System and in the Springfield community.

The family-friendly event continues to be a success because of the support of generous sponsors, talented designers, dedicated committee members and more than 1,000 volunteers who staff the nine-day event, said Elena Kezelis, executive director of the Memorial Medical Center Foundation.

“Memorial’s Festival of Trees is really a gift that keeps giving,” Kezelis said. “Our visitors love the tradition of spending time at the festival, our volunteers enjoy interacting with people of all ages, and the proceeds support healthcare grants the Memorial Medical Center Foundation awards each spring.”

Memorial's Festival of Trees began in 1989 to benefit the mission of Memorial Medical Center.

Since then, the festival has raised more than $3.8 million for healthcare projects and programs. Proceeds from Memorial’s Festival of Trees are used to fund grants focused on education, research, technology and patient care awarded by the foundation. 

The 26th annual Festival of Trees will be Nov. 21-29. The chair is Lisa Coakley. The theme is “Building Traditions,” and the colors are red, lime, magenta, purple and turquoise.