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Photo of the day: Take a sneak peek a this year’s annual Festival of Trees

Patti Evershed Peterson and her husband, Clay Peterson, use a golf cart to explore the 51st annual Festival of Trees in Sandy.
Patti Evershed Peterson and her husband, Clay Peterson, use a golf cart to explore the 51st annual Festival of Trees at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. The event, which benefits patients at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital, will be held virtually Tuesday, Nov. 30, through Saturday, Dec. 4, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. People can bid on trees, wreaths, quilts and more at FestivalofTreesUtah.org. Patti was diagnosed with subnormal melanoma in 2017. She lives in Las Vegas but has traveled to Utah regularly for cancer treatments and consistently donated carloads of goods and pillowcases she sewed for the Festival of Trees’ Elf Emporium boutique each visit. In July, she was told she had just months to live. She made it a goal to make it to the Festival of Trees for the first time.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Organizers on Tuesday put the finishing touches on the annual Festival of Trees at the Mountain America Center in Sandy.

The holiday event, now in its 51st year, is geared toward helping young patients at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital. To prioritize health and safety, this year’s Festival of Trees will take place virtually Tuesday, Nov. 30, through Saturday, Dec. 4, at FestivalofTreesUtah.org.

“This year, patients and families receiving services at Primary Children’s Hospital need your support more than ever,” Katy Welkie, CEO of Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital and vice president of Intermountain Children’s Health, said in a statement. “We ask that the community take the opportunity to participate in Festival of Trees at FestivalofTreesUtah.org, and give generously to help children at Primary Children’s Hospital and children’s health throughout our state and region.”

The annual tradition, presented by Intermountain Foundation, is brought to life by a volunteer board of 80 individuals who enlisted the talents of thousands of families, organizations and businesses throughout Utah and neighboring states.

Last year, the Festival of Trees raised $1.2 million to support patient care at Primary Children’s Hospital. Organizers hope to meet or exceed that amount this year.

The public is invited to help in the following ways:

  • Bid on any of the more than 350 decorated large and small trees in the silent auction starting Nov. 30 at FestivalofTreesUtah.org. The silent auction ends Dec. 2.
  • Bid on one-of-a-kind gifts and goodies. Choose from about 75 wreaths, quilts, playhouses, gingerbread houses, nativities, centerpieces and collectibles — all donated by volunteers.
  • Buy quilts, wreaths and other seasonal items, and choose from 1,500 pounds of Festival of Trees fudge in various flavors. These items are available for purchase anytime during the festival, Nov. 30 through Dec. 4.
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