Palmetto Health Foundation's 20th Annual Festival of Trees November 21-23

October 15, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – October 15, 2008 – The holidays will kick off with Palmetto Health Foundation’s 20th Annual Festival of Trees November 21-23 at the new, freestanding Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital located at 7 Medical Park, Palmetto Health Richland, in Columbia.

Festival of Trees will be a weekend celebration featuring a three-day silent auction of decorated trees, wreaths, garlands and centerpieces. Cookies for Santa platters painted by current and former patients of Children’s Hospital will also be featured silent auction items. Silent auction proceeds will benefit Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.

Festival of Trees will begin with a preview gala on Friday, November 21, 6:30-10 p.m. at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to bid on items during the silent auction that will begin that evening. Silent auction items can be secured at the take-home price that evening.

 Festival of Trees will be open to the public on Saturday, November 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, November 23, noon-4 p.m. at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. Families can enjoy tree and wreath displays, children’s choirs and other entertainment as well as photos with Santa. Visitors may also participate in the silent auction on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets to the Festival of Trees Preview Gala on November 21 are $125 each and may be purchased online at or by calling Palmetto Health Foundation at 803-434-7275. Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, the Midlands’ first and only freestanding children’s hospital, treats more than 82,000 sick and injured children in South Carolina annually in its inpatient and outpatient facilities.

As a major pediatric referral center, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital has more than 30 subspecialties devoted strictly to children. Palmetto Health Foundation promotes awareness of Palmetto Health’s programs and services and strengthens the quality of healthcare for the people served by Palmetto Health through the highest standards of philanthropy.

For more information, visit or call 803-434-7275.