But it’s important to have even a limited version of festival, she said.
“It reminds the community that The Baby Fold is there, doing all it can for children,” Yockey said.
Baby Fold programs include adoption support, foster care, early intervention and special education at Hammitt School. The agency supports more than 1,200 Central Illinois children and families.
Thirty-three seven-foot trees, 60 four-foot trees, 50 trees two feet tall or shorter and more than 100 wreaths, gingerbread houses, centerpieces and other holiday decorations will be available for bidding.
Admission to the space will be free, Beam said.
“This is a community blessing we’re trying to give to everybody to lift everyone’s spirits at Christmas,” she said.
While last year’s festival raised $255,074 after expenses and attracted about 12,000 guests and volunteers, Beam hoped that even a more limited festival this year would net more than $200,000, thanks in part to support from sponsors.
Photos: Festival of Trees brings Christmas spirit to Bloomington-Normal
Contact Paul Swiech at 309-820-3275. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_swiech.
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