Festival of Trees at Schoolcraft hospital
MANISTIQUE — Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital (SMH) invites the public to participate in the Festival of Trees. This year individuals can choose to enjoy the festival from the comfort of their own home or book a tour after hours to see trees, wreaths, and packages in person. The festival officially kicked off November 22 and will continue until Sunday December 5. The Festival of Trees is a holiday-themed event with proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets and an online auction going toward Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital’s new Rehabilitation & Aquatic Therapy Center. Donations for the building expansion project help deliver close to home quality healthcare and specialty services to rural residents. The event’s focal point is the display and raffle of spectacular holiday trees, wreaths, gift cards, getaways, merchandise, and more donated by businesses and community groups. Donations from across the Upper Peninsula will be featured in this year’s festival. The auction winners will be announced, and the raffle drawing will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 5. The draws will be streamed live on the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Facebook page.
The health and safety of community members remains the hospital’s top priority. Due to COVID-19, the hospital will allow small groups of 20 to enter the atrium at a time. Individuals must book a tour appointment online. This year, the festival will include live stream events, online entertainment, and an interactive website to view all the trees, wreaths, and prizes from home. www.scmh.org/community/festival-of-trees
A total of 68 items are listed in the raffle including trees, wreaths and prizes packages. Raffle tickets must be purchased at one of the ticket-selling locations in Escanaba, Garden, Manistique, Gulliver or Naubinway. All raffle tickets can be safely dropped off at the hospital’s main entrance in the marked receptacle or with the store retailers where tickets were purchased. Raffle tickets cannot be purchased online.
All raffle tickets have a space to label the prize number for the item ticket holders want to win. Festival of Trees volunteers will be placing tickets in the appropriate prize boxes daily. There is an online auction with 18 prizes including trees, getaway packages, gift cards and more. Bids can be placed online until December 5 at 2 p.m. To view the auction, visit www.scmh.org/auction. Anyone in the Upper Peninsula can participate in this event.
Available dates for atrium tours:
– Friday, November 26, 6-8 p.m.
– Saturday, November 27, 6-8 p.m.
– Monday, November 29, 6-9 p.m.
– Tuesday, November 30, 6-9 p.m.
– Friday, December 3, 6-9 p.m.
– Saturday, December 4, 12-9 p.m.
– Sunday, December 5, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.