Festival of Trees is Greater Danbury’s signature holiday event and the largest annual fundraiser for Ann’s Place. It was created in 2003 as an invitation to the community to participate in creating a family-friendly holiday gathering that also underwrites the clinical services programs to support and guide anyone on a cancer journey, including patients, family and loved ones.
Festival volunteers came together to create this treasured tradition and continue to operate it today. Our leadership board and its larger Festival committee and subcommittees meet 11 months of the year to keep this tradition fresh and exciting. In its first 13 years, Festival raised over $2.3 million, dedicated to supporting area cancer patients. In 2011 growth brought us to the beautiful Matrix Banquet & Conference Center, which continues to host Festival. In 2015 Festival attracted nearly 5,000 attendees.
Every year Festival looks for talented volunteers to help lead, organize and staff the event. Please contact our volunteer coordinator Lynn Stubbe (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can share your time and or treasure to continue this creative tradition. It is only with the community involvement that we can continue the miracle of delivering comprehensive clinical, wellness and educational services to our neighbors living with cancer in their most challenging hours.
14th Annual Festival of Trees – 2016
Anne Marie Lavelle
Wilda Hayes, Chair