FHN Community Festival of Trees Begins Dec. 4

FREEPORT, Ill., Nov. 29, 2016 — Celebrate the season and support your favorite not-for-profit with a visit to the FHN Community Festival of Trees, on display free at the Freeport Public Library from Sunday, Dec. 4 through Saturday, Dec. 31.

This year’s FHN Festival of Trees theme is a reminder to enjoy the small joys of the season: “Take time to admire and appreciate glittering lights on snowflakes.” This year’s Community Festival of Trees has 21 entrants. Organizations including schools, churches, service groups and clubs from across the area participate in the Community Festival of Trees, decorating a tree to compete for cash prizes awarded by a panel of judges and the public. The Freeport Public Library is located at 100 E. Douglas Street in Freeport.

The public is encouraged to vote for the People’s Choice Award winner through Dec. 17. The top vote-getter for People’s Choice will take home $500. The second-place award for People’s Choice is $200 and the third-place People’s Choice award is $100. Ballots are available at the library and votes will only be taken through the end of the library’s operating hours (1 – 4 p.m.) on Saturday, Dec. 17.

A formal panel of judges will award three prizes, as well: First prize is $500, second prize is $300 and third prize is $150.

In conjunction with the Community Festival of Trees, the Highland Community College Youth Choir will present a holiday performance at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5. Like the Community Festival of Trees, the performance is free to attend.

Children are invited to listen to a holiday story or two in Santa’s visiting area at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 6. Check Santa’s visiting schedule at the library or online at www.fhn.org/festivaloftrees.

The Community Festival of Trees will be on display at the library through Saturday Dec. 31. For more information on the Community Festival of Trees or any of the FHN Festival of Trees events, visit www.fhn.org.

FHN, a not-for-profit organization with nearly 1,400 employees, is an award-winning regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. FHN Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the state’s top hospitals for safety by the Leapfrog group and Healthgrades as well as by the world’s largest, completely independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization. FHN caregivers serve an average of 1,500 people each day across FHN’s 22 locations in 5 counties spanning northwest Illinois. Organized in 1995 as an integrated healthcare delivery system, FHN is comprised of FHN Memorial Hospital, the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, hospice, occupational and chiropractic health services, dental care and outpatient mental health services. For more information about FHN, please visit www.fhn.org.

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