Benefiting children’s hospital services, Jubilee of Trees returns with virtual displays and auctions

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CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — The 38th annual Jubilee of Trees will return Nov. 18-20 for three days of fun benefiting children’s services at St. George Regional Hospital. Kick off the holiday season with activities for the whole family. 

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With the safety of the community in mind, event organizers have created innovative options for participation in this year’s Jubilee of Trees. The event will be held virtually, allowing this special tradition to continue uninterrupted while ensuring the health of friends, families and neighbors. 

Katie Erbe, foundation event specialist for Intermountain Healthcare, said that returning patrons can expect everything they’ve enjoyed from the Jubilee of Trees in previous years and share in the spirit of the season, just from the comfort of home. This year’s event features an updated landing page to view all items for sale in the online auction as well as photos and videos of the trees. 

A beloved tradition in the Southern Utah community, the Jubilee of Trees rings in the festive season while giving back to worthy medical causes through the Intermountain Foundation at St. George Regional Hospital. The proceeds from each year’s event benefit different patient needs. 

This time around, it’s all about celebrating the magic of children and raising money for pediatric care. Aiming to provide the right care at the right time in the right place, St. George Regional Hospital fills the need for pediatric services between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. Intermountain Healthcare offers children’s primary and specialty care along with telehealth services, which allow young patients, their families and their doctors to connect with experts at Primary Children’s Hospital. 

Patrons of the Jubilee of Trees will help children like Raynie Clark access care through the power of an innovative, integrated pediatric network. Raynie, from Bunkerville, Nevada, was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 6. After completing initial treatment at Primary Children’s Hospital, her family chose to entrust their daughter’s chemotherapy to St. George Regional Hospital so she could stay closer to home. 

Raynie Clark, Intermountain Healthcare’s Patient Champion for the 2021 Jubliee of Trees, location and date not specified | Photo by Russell Gearhart courtesy of Intermountain Healthcare, St. George News

“The ultimate goal of children’s services is bringing the world-class specialty care of Primary Children’s Hospital to all children in the region,” Erbe said. “We’re expanding care in St. George and building a model health care system for children.” 

Through the Jubilee of Trees online store, you can support kids like Raynie by shopping unique novelty and gift items made by local artisans in the Handcrafted Guild. There’s no cost to browse the displays, and patrons can return to the website as many times as they like during the event.  

The Jubilee of Trees also showcases beautifully adorned, one-of-a-kind Christmas trees created by local designers, artists, individuals, businesses and community groups. During the online auction, patrons can bid on professionally decorated designer trees, which tower between 7 and 9 feet and are valued at a minimum of $1,500. Occupying the Enchanted Forest exhibit are 4- to 6-foot trees with a minimum value of $550, and you’ll also find wreaths of every shape, size, color and style, all valued at over $200. Additionally, there will be a bevy of silent auction items up for grabs. 

Registration is now open for the Jubilee of Trees, which grants patrons access to the entire festival. Stay tuned for the unveiling of the online store or make a donation anytime via the event website.

Written by ALEXA MORGAN for St. George News.

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