Dear Festival of Trees Designers:
2018 is going to be an exciting year for Festival of Trees and we’re thrilled for you to be a part of this wonderful event. We would like to thank you for your past support and welcome our new designers as you become a part of our beautiful benefit for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. Celebrating our 34th year of raising funds for pediatric research, we are honored to have you be a part of this milestone!
This year’s event will once again be held at the Ford Community and Performing Art Center, located at 15801 Michigan Ave, Dearborn. Your beautiful designs will be on display from Sunday, November 18th through November 25th. The Preview Gala will take place on Saturday, November 17th.
Tree sizing is 5-foot, 7-foot slim and 7-foot full trees. Our sponsor, English Gardens, has requested we not offer an early tree pick up date, therefore your tree will be on site Friday, November 16th from 9:00 AM until 7:00 PM (decorating day).
Please keep in mind that the trees you are decorating have a retail value of $300 to $600. As Special Santa Tree Sponsors pay $1,500 for a 7-foot and $800 for a 5-foot tree it is extremely important that a large quantity of high quality materials, combined with your creativity, be used.
When designing and decorating your tree it is suggested that a minimum of 12 ornaments per foot of tree be used in addition to décor. Traditional holiday themed trees sell the best and are one of the top requested themes by sponsors and event attendees. Trees designated for Children’s Hospital should be decorated with vibrant ornaments and décor that will enhance the unlit tree as fire safety codes prohibits the lighting of trees in the hospital.
When you submit your contract, we are requesting that you advise us of the theme, color scheme, and if possible, provide pictures of the décor you will be using. This will assist us with tree placement on the floor as well as help us in fulfilling current Special Santa Tree requests.
Your ability to locate a Special Santa Tree Sponsor is encouraged and greatly appreciated.
Securing a sponsor not only guarantees your tree has been sold, which furthers our goal of raising funds for pediatric research, but allows you greater design flexibility. Please note in order to guarantee your sponsor(s) name appears in the program booklet we must receive their payment and completed contract prior to October 1st.
If you are able to secure a Special Santa Tree Sponsorship you will be upgraded to a “VIP” Gala Preview ticket which entitles you to early event entrance (6:30 PM), admittance to the Sky Lounge which includes an open bar, heavy appetizers, our decadent sweets and treats buffet, and a wrist band that allows you access to the lounge all evening. In the event you are unable to secure a Special Santa Tree Sponsorship you will receive a “Patron Preview Gala” ticket(s) which includes a 7:30 PM event entrance, a cash bar, light appetizers, and of course our famous sweets and treats buffet.
In order to save on postage, we are emailing the information to you, or a hard copy can be mailed if you do not have access to email. This mailing will include contracts for Special Santa Sponsorships, 5’ and 7’ Tree, Tabletop and Wreath Designers as well as designer guidelines and a self-addressed envelope for you to send back your contract(s). We ask that you please submit your completed contract(s) as soon as possible.
** Please provide us with your email address, so we can conserve on printing costs in the future.
As we move forward, we encourage and welcome your suggestions to make Festival of Trees bigger and better. As always, it is YOU, the designer, who brings the event to life. While we cannot incorporate every suggestion, we truly appreciate your insight and promise to review and consider each one.
|Kim Leonard||Theresa Diefenbach|
|Tree Designer Chairperson||Director|
|29500 John J.||18381 Westchester|
|Roseville, MI 48066||Livonia, MI 48152|