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Festival of Trees 2018 opening to public Nov. 28

November 24, 2018

The Pocatello-Chubbuck School District 25 Education Foundation will present its 2018 Festival of Trees fundraiser on Wednesday, Nov. 28, through Saturday, Dec. 1, at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center at 1601 Bartz Way in Pocatello.

The Pocatello-Chubbuck School District 25 Education Foundation announces the kickoff of its 2018 Festival of Trees fundraiser.

Presented by ISU Credit Union, the Festival of Trees is open to the public from Wednesday, Nov. 28, through Saturday, Dec. 1, at the L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center at 1601 Bartz Way in Pocatello.

The signature event of the season, the Festival of Trees captures the magic of the holidays while bringing the Pocatello and Chubbuck communities together in support of local education.

This week-long, family-friendly event serves as the Pocatello-Chubbuck School District Education Foundation’s major annual fundraiser to support 21st century technology for classrooms and other instructional needs.

More specifically, the Festival of Trees funds the purchase and installation of interactive whiteboard technology, as well as technology for science, math, music and drama programs.

Funds raised are also allocated for teachers to obtain instructional enhancements for their students and classrooms through a competitive grant process.

The event kicks off Tuesday, Nov. 27, with the Opening Gala, sponsored by the Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello. This elegant and formal evening is enhanced by the Performing Arts Center’s spacious and stunning surroundings.

Gala attendees enjoy the company of friends and acquaintances at a social and silent auction amidst the beautifully decorated trees and displays. Dinner and entertainment are held in the spectacular rotunda with its sweeping stairways, marble columns and wall of windows elegantly dressed for the holidays.

The Gala also features a live auction, hosted by Prime Time Auctions, with packages that include a prime rib and shrimp feast (sponsored by the Butcher Block), a Green Bay Packers football package with two tickets to any 2019 season game and a $500 gift card for travel expenses courtesy of Idaho Central Credit Union.

Other attractions include a Sacramento Kings basketball package with two tickets to any 2019 season game and a $500 gift card for travel expenses courtesy of Idaho Central Credit Union, and a holiday wine tree featuring more than 25 varieties of delectable bottles of wine.

The festival is open from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. More than 100 beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces and gingerbread houses are sold by silent auction throughout the Festival of Trees. The silent auction of trees, wreaths, centerpieces and gingerbread houses will close on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m.

The Festival of Trees also includes many displays, activities and events designed to entertain the entire family.

Guests attending the festival will be delighted by Santa and his elves, the Gingerbread Village and Aisle of Nativities, kids crafts in Santa’s Workshop, Stories Under the Christmas Tree, the Festival Raffle Tree, Gift Shop, Talking Tree and daily entertainment provided by various performing groups and individuals.

Further, Wednesday, Nov. 28, is designated as Seniors Day. To honor our senior citizens and their contributions to our community and our public schools, anyone age 65 and over is admitted free to see the beautiful trees and displays and enjoy the day’s entertainment.

The magic continues with several special events designed to delight all age groups. Events include Breakfast with Santa, a Children’s Royal Tea Party and an afternoon Ladies’ Holiday Tea.

The Children’s Royal Tea (formerly Princess Tea) is an elaborate tea party for children ages 3 to 8, wearing their favorite princess or prince attire. At the party, each child receives crumpets and tea in the form of a light snack, enjoys the best Disney show in Idaho, participates in activities with celebrities, and receives gifts and a T-shirt.

Breakfast with Santa is geared to families with children ages 2 to 8 who will be delighted with a light breakfast, fun activities and a special visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. C.

The focus of Festival fundraising efforts is to benefit the learners in the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District 25.

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