Festival of Trees Event Nov. 19, 6 pm

Fishers, IN – GOOD SAMARITAN NETWORK of Hamilton County, Inc., a local nonprofit 501c3 organization is excited to announce its ninth annual Hamilton County Festival of Trees. The return of this holiday tradition marks a significant impact for Hamilton County families because it helps provide direct funding for Holiday Assistance to the unserved, at-risk, and underserved.

The Festival of Trees will be held November 19, 6 pm with an onsite LIVE event and auction, as well as a Silent Auction – onsite and offsite. The live event will take place at the beautiful Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel, 11925 N Meridian St Carmel, Indiana, 46032. The evening includes a dinner, a keynote speaker, and an auction including custom designed themed Christmas trees, wreaths, and table centerpieces – all hand decorated by local designers specifically as fundraising pieces.

Reservations are available and are required due to limited seating. To RSVP, please visit www.gsnlive.org/festival-of-trees, or contact Good Samaritan Network (317-842-2603 x200) for more details.

Nancy Chance said, “In 2021 we thoroughly enjoyed our first year at the Renaissance North with a near-capacity crowd. It also marked our first year back “live” (onsite) since COVID, with over 309 generous bids placed.” Chance went on to say, “2021 was our best year ever with our strongest sponsors and participants, grossing $79,462.57. The “live” auction was incredibly fun and very successful in raising nearly $24,000 alone!”

Purchased trees will be professionally delivered FREE to the purchaser’s residence or address of choice by the following Monday after the live auction and event. 

The Festival of Trees will include mobile and online bidding! You will simply register which allows you to bid by phone and/or online at any time during the bidding. No app download is required.

Each of us is painfully aware of the economic downturn we are experiencing in our country. Sadly, it significantly impacts nonprofits, like Good Samaritan Network (GSN), and we have been forced to increase RSVP prices. To help offset event cost increases for Festival of Trees 2022, we are making available an early registration promo code you can use to save 10%.

This county-wide holiday assistance program is made possible, in part, because of in-kind donations received and processed all year long to Good Samaritan Network; which is dependent upon the neighbors and residents of Hamilton County for their donation of gently used or new toys (especially for 8 -13 yr. olds) and that are repurposed without cost to the residents of Hamilton County. Gently used bicycles are also welcomed and repurposed for families thru our Recycled Cycles program.

Additional funds are required to handle expenses for the Holiday Assistance program, including perishable and nonperishable food.

Last year’s Holiday Assistance Program served over 46,000 people with (1) Thanksgiving Distribution of food boxes, (2) Thanksgiving Day Meals (drive-thru and delivery), (3) Christmas Distribution of food boxes and holiday toys, and with the delivery of 791 holiday meals for shut-ins on (4) Christmas Eve! Our annual Holiday Assistance budget is over $71,000.00.

Speaking about the value of sponsorship. Nancy Chance said, “During the last eight years we’ve held Festival of Trees we have enjoyed 93 amazing sponsors accumulating over $140,000. They collectively directed assistance to Hamilton County families by supporting GSN’s programming and services! That’s incredible and that’s why sponsor participation is so critical! Sponsorships usually provide nearly forty percent of the total fundraising gross, making a huge investment in our community and showing generosity and concern for our neighbors at the holidays! Thank you, sponsors!”

Sponsorships are available in multiple categories, including: Event Sponsor $8,000, Pinnacle Sponsor $4,000, Pillar Sponsor $2,000, Platform Sponsor $ 1,000 and Partner $500.  Sponsors can easily register online: www.gsnlive.org/festival-of-trees.

Current sponsors include:

Spencer Farms  Kyle Spencer / Event Sponsor

Gaylor Electric  Chuck Goodrich / Pinnacle Sponsor

Breathe Easy Hamilton County  Katie Jensen / Pinnacle Sponsor

Gordon Marketing  Rebecca Gordon / Pillar Sponsor

Mustard Seed Gardens  Teresa Skipper / Pillar Sponsor

Christine Altman / Platform Sponsor

Goins Family Fund   Tammy Goins / Platform Sponsor

David and Nancy Chance / Partner Sponsor

Some space may still be available for interested designers. Please visit our website for more details or contact Kim Harden or the GSN office.

For more Festival of Trees l of Trees information and details, visit our website: www.gsnlive.org/festival-of-trees or contact: Kim Harden,  Good Samaritan Network Festival of Trees Event Coordinator, 317.379.0470, iloveitdesigns@att.net; or Nancy Chance, Good Samaritan Network, Founder/Executive Director, 317.842.2603, x200, nchance@gsnlive.org.