Festival of Trees

Each year the Rothschild Mill participates in the Festival of Trees, a week-long silent auction and raffle for trees, centerpieces, wreaths and other festive decorations that raises funds in support of end-of-life care services. During the event, visitors are offered coffee and cookies while children enjoy activities like Santa’s workshop, coloring and a special visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The mill purchases a pre-lit Christmas tree from the Aspirus Health Foundation and employees volunteer as decorators to ‘‘dress it up’’ for this popular community fund-raising event. The decorators are challenged to find just the right decorations and props to bring the theme to life and tempt event patrons to spend big bucks purchasing the tree for their home or business. The 2013 volunteers were Finishing Unit employees Dawn Friske, Liz Tryba and Tracie Alexander, who chose the theme ‘‘Woodland Christmas’’ for their decoration.

This annual holiday decorating event raises funds to support Aspirus Hospice House in Wausau, in whose rooms, facilities and gardens are designed to feel more like home and less like a hospital. The 2013 Festival of Trees raised $167,000 for the music therapy program and two community bedrooms at the facility for patients with limited ability to pay.

The Rothschild Mill has been a proud supporter of this event since 2000, when Paula Jenkins, Mary Fandrey, and Cindy Helke entered the first of many beautifully decorated trees. Since then, many volunteer hours and much talent have been contributed every year and our decorators are already planning for our 2014 Festival of Trees entry!

The Rothschild Mill’s 2013 tree decorators were (left to right) Dawn Friske, Liz Tryba and Tracie Alexander.