20th Annual Festival of Trees

This year marks the 20th annual Festival of Trees event. Over the years, Junior League of Champaign Urbana has raised a grand total of $2.16 million from this event. Proceeds raised at Festival of Trees are used for community grants and programs benefiting children and families in the Champaign-Urbana area. Our sponsors put together themed trees, wreaths, and gift baskets for the festival which are raffled or auctioned-off during the weekend.

Festival of Trees will take place on Saturday, November 21—Sunday, November 22. Public hours will be from 8 a.m. –6 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. –3 p.m. on Sunday. There are still a few volunteer shifts open, so if you have the availability, please sign up and help make sure the event is a success!  We couldn’t do it without you!

We will have 17 different raffle packages this year, including an American Girl “Doll of the Year”, a ticket package for the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, an Idina Menzel signed “Frozen” microphone, a Kindle Paperwhite, a ticket package for the Champaign-Urbana Nutcracker, jewelry & beauty gift sets, Ebert Film Festival passes, and much, much more. Our traditional “wine tree” will be available by silent auction, and a grand total of 25 trees and 17 wreaths will be available by raffle.

For the first time, we are hosting a “Brunch with Santa & Mrs. Claus” on Saturday, November 21 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. This event is designed for the whole family and will feature a story time, the opportunity to take photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus, and a craft activity. We will also have some special raffle items exclusively for the brunch, including an Illini Hockey ticket package, passes to the Urbana Park District Aquatic Center, and a hardback copy of “A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree” (the book Mrs. Claus will read to the children). Santa & Mrs. Claus will also be available for photos at Festival of Trees public hours on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Help us keep the tradition alive and kick-off the season with a festive event that helps support a great cause: women building better communities by building dreams and changing lives!



Heart disease is killing more women than anything else. It causes 1 in 3 deaths every year.

Even the healthiest of women who show no signs of heart disease can suddenly collapse. It’s important to know what to do, since it will most likely be someone you know who needs your help. More than 85% of cardiac arrests happen at home. First responders say the worst thing, is to do nothing. They say hands only CPR is the best way to try and save your loved one’s life. There’s been a big push for this type of CPR, rather than mouth-to-mouth. Experts say hands-only CPR is less intimidating and therefore, people are more likely to jump in.

Woman Resuscitating a Young Boy --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis
Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Tips to remember when performing hand-only CPR 

  • Push hard and fast on the center of the chest
  • Use the rhythm of “Stayin’ Alive” for compressions

To learn more about CPR, watch the interview with Carle Hospital here.


SmileHealthy is dedicated to working with the community to meet the oral health needs of the underserved by focusing on preventative care, treatment and education for a lifetime of excellent oral health, by providing high-quality dental care to all patients regardless of their ability to pay. Smile Healthy offers many forms of assistance to the community, including:

Head Start Dental Clinic SmileHealthy provides comprehensive dental care from exams to specialty services for children enrolled in the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission’s Head Start/Early Head Start. The care is delivered at a permanent clinic at the Rantoul school and setting up mobile clinics at other Head Start sites. Care is available to the entire family of an enrolled child who uses SmileHealthy as their dental home.

Mobile Dental Program SmileHealthy’s mobile dental program sets up inside dozens of locations each year. The program serves as the Champaign County Board of Health’s Child Dental Access Program as well as the school sealant program for several county schools. The program provides exams, preventive services, and even treatments including filling cavities and extractions for both children and adults.

Dental Health Education SmileHealthy provides oral health education and counseling to over 7,500 contacts each year. The education program works in the Frances Nelson medical clinic visiting with women receiving prenatal care and families during Well Child clinics, provides monthly classroom education to all Head Start enrolled children, meets with patients who have visited the emergency department for dental issues, as well as attending several community events and health fairs each year.

Pediatric Restorative Outpatient Surgery Once a month SmileHealthy dentist(s) provides comprehensive treatment under general anesthesia in a hospital setting. The program cares for three low-income children each month who have extensive treatment plans often needing 10-20 treatments at once.

During Junior League of Champaign County’s October General Meeting, dental supplies were donated by JLCU members to provide to Smile Healthy in its effort to provide dental care for all those who need it.untitled