The 16th Annual Vancouver Island University Festival of Trees

Nanaimo & North Vancouver Island

Fri. November 19th, 2010 – Sat. November 27th, 2010
November 19th Lunch 11 am November 20th and 21st Family Days 12 - 5 pm November 26th Festival Gala 5:30 pm November 27th 12-5 pm Senior and Public Day

16th Annual
Vancouver Island University
Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees is a two week long fundraising event raising money in support of students. In 2009 over $105,000 was raised at the Festival of Trees. The Festival welcomed more than 4,000 participants, 2,000 staff members and 19,000 students to the event to view the beautiful Christmas trees and decorations.

In 2009/2010 the university gave 713 scholarships, awards and bursaries valued at $478,382 to students because of the generous community support and VIU Foundation fundraising activities including the Festival of Trees.

Festival Lunch
The Festival of Trees lunch buffet is attended by over 300 business leaders. There are sponsorship opportunities to promote your business or donate a prize to the silent auction. The gourmet lunch is prepared by student chefs in VIU Culinary Arts program and served by students in the VIU Hospitality program. Tickets are $50 and you must register in advance.

Festival Family Days
Last year this two day event was attended by more than 2,000 adults and children and was alive with holiday excitement; photos with Santa, live entertainment, holiday treats and kid's activities. Festival of Trees Family Days is a truly special family event and tradition in our community. Admission is by donation at the door.

Festival Gala
The most anticipated event of the year, the annual Festival of Trees gala is a gastronomic and entertainment delight. The 16th annual Festival Gala features the talented chefs from the Culinary Arts program with a spectacular four-course meal, entertainment and a live and silent auction with service provided by the VIU Hospitality program students. This event is attended by 300 leaders in the community and sells out every year. Sponsoring this event comes with many benefits exclusive to the Gala. Tickets are $175 (includes a $100 charitable tax receipt) and you must register in advance.

Festival Senior and Public Day
Immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit and join us for Senior's and Public Day. You can enjoy the ambiance, listen to festive music and choose from a delightful selection of refreshments and goodies baked by our VIU Professional Baking program. Enter to win prizes in the festive Christmas raffle.
Admission is by donation at the door.

Cost: Donation Category: Fundraisers
Location: Vancouver Island University Nanaimo Campus Building 300 More Info: Renee Bohun

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