Rochester’s Festival of Trees, that annual jolt of concentrated Christmas spirit, is coming.
Every year, Mayo Civic Center’s Exhibit Hall is transformed into a magical garden. The festival has dazzled tens of thousands with its themed Christmas trees and lights, as well as raised millions of dollars over the decades for Hiawatha Homes Foundation, which provides services to people with disabilities.
Here are more dazzling numbers to consider:
31. The number of years the Festival of Trees has been held. It started in 1986.
17. The number of paid attendees at the first festival of trees in 1986, which featured 41 trees.
3.3 million. The amount of money raised for Hiawatha Homes over the 31-year period. In its first year, the festival raised more than $13,700. Last year, $212,000 was raised.
900. The number of volunteers that make it possible to put on Festival of Trees, including tree decorators, entertainers, tree deliverers, cafe workers and others.
40. The number of children with disabilities that were supported at the Hiawatha Homes Children’s Home. Today, Hiawatha supports 140 individuals of all ages in Hiawatha residential homes and through its respite program and family support services.
10,000-plus. The amount of paid attendance at last year’s festival. There were 103 trees decorated last year.
1.5 million. The number of Christmas lights that have been hung on trees in the last 31 years.
2,500. The number of trees that have been decorated.
40. The number of years Hiawatha Homes has served people with disabilities. It started in 1976.