Five Organizations Win in Community Festival of Trees

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — A tree from Jones Farrar 1B World School won first place in the FHN Community Festival of Trees judges’ vote and third place in the People’s Choice voting – the only double winner in this year’s competition.

The group will receive a $500 check for its first-place win and a $100 check for its third-place prize for its tree reflecting this year’s Festival of Trees theme: Every piece of the universe, even the tiniest little snow crystal, matters somehow. I have a place in the pattern and so do you.

Christmas Around the World from Liberty Village of Freeport claimed the judges’ second place, winning $300. The Sojourn House tree, Discover Your Place in the Pattern, won second prize in People’s Choice voting, earning a $200 prize.

The judges chose Every Piece of Amity is Made with Love from Amity Learning Center as their third-place winner, earning a $150 prize.

Prize winners – both the panel of judges’ choices and the People’s Choice winners – are marked with a sign and will be on display at the Freeport Public Library through Dec. 29.

This year’s Community Festival of Trees drew 22 entries (and a special, non-competing tree from the Freeport Public Library), and a total of 1,474 People’s Choice ballots were cast from December 3 – 15.

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 at FHN Memorial Hospital, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, hospice, occupational health services, and outpatient mental health services. For more information about FHN, please visit


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