Festival of Trees Going Virtual for 2020

Crittenton Centers Annual Festival of Trees has been converted into a virtual event this year due to COVID restrictions, but will include many of the elements of the event that have made it so popular for the past 11 years.  Starting Thursday, November 12th, the event will showcase over 80 holiday items in windows around Peoria for your viewing and bidding pleasure. All items will be up for silent auction which will run Thursday, November 19 through Sunday, November 22 virtually at www.CCFOT2020.givesmart.com

All proceeds go back to help children and families in our community.  No credit card is required to view silent auction items.  The silent auction ends on Sunday, November 22 at 3 pm.  Crittenton Centers has been serving the Peoria community for 127 years. Their mission is to protect and nurture children and families in the Peoria community. Crittenton Centers’ services include: The Crisis Nursery, Child Development Center, and Family Services.

Silent auction items include 80 designer-decorated trees, wreaths, and holiday decor and may be viewed in person as part of this year’s Scavenger Hunt taking place at event sponsor locations including:  the Metro Center, Bremer Jewelry, Le Bakery, Mt. Hawley Court (Corner of Pioneer Parkway & Knoxville Ave), Bob Lindsay Acura, Bob Lindsay Honda, Jeffery Alans, and Lippman’s Furniture, and Interiors.  Download the scavenger hunt form to complete when visiting the locations and return by Sunday, November 22nd at 2 pm to be entered to win one of two prizes.

The first live stream event for the Festival is the “Jingle & Mingle” and will take place on Thursday, November 19 beginning at 6 pm.  Featuring a “How It’s Made” journey from how the perfect cocktails, delicious dishes, beautiful trees, great childhoods, and strong communities are made hosted by local entrepreneur Travis Mohlenbrink, the $50 ticket package includes a pre-made dinner including cider glazed chicken breast, roasted root vegetables, rosemary baked potatoes, roll, and dessert or a vegetarian option with a choice of  wine or beer and a special surprise gift made by the children of Crittenton Centers.   A raffle to win a diamond necklace valued at $1620 will take place in conjunction with the event.  Raffle tickets are $20 each with the winner drawn during the livestream event.

The second livestream event in the Festival is the “Brunch & Bubbly” which will take place on Saturday, November 21 beginning at 9 am.  The $75 limited-edition package ticket includes a complete crafted DIY kit to complete your handmade wood sign of the words Comfort and Joy, a complete breakfast casserole with meat, fruit cup, and sweetbreads from Cracked Pepper or a vegetarian option, a mimosa drink kit, and a surprise gift from the children at Crittenton Centers. The $35 package ticket includes all of the above except the crafted DIY kit.  A raffle to win a diamond necklace valued at $1120 will take place in conjunction with the event.  Raffle tickets are $20 each with the winner drawn during the livestream event.

Instructions to join each livestream plus a link to the event will be emailed to ticket holders.  Tickets for the livestreams must be purchased by Saturday, November 14.  For full details on the Festival of Trees, visit https://www.crittentoncenters.org/Events/Festival-of-Trees