Just a sampling of some of our beautiful trees and wreaths displayed at this year’s Festival of Trees.

The 21st Annual Festival of Trees (FOT) weekend was a great success! A variety of events were hosted on Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign.

If you were not able to come to the FOT events, it’s never too late to make a philanthropic gift in support of Junior League. We hope you will make a gift today!  Make A Donation

Daddy Daughter Dance

Festival of Trees weekend kicked off Friday night with the “Candy Land” themed Daddy Daughter Dance. We had 157 attendees for the 5:30 dance and 206 attendees to the 7:30 dance which sold out in advance of the weekend. The girls had an awesome time dancing to music provided by Bugbee’s DJ Plus, getting their hair styled and chalked by BJ Grand Salon & Spa, and getting their faces painted by Wild Style Design Company.

This year’s Festival of Trees public hours on Saturday and Sunday drew 1,027 people out to see the gorgeous trees and wreaths and to soak up some of the holiday spirit. Vendors including Jamberry by Jenny Ravanh, LuLaRoe by Jennifer Wallace, Perfectly Posh by Sara Hite, Roxy & Lola Jewelry by Wendy Campbell, Usborne Books by Elizabeth Kelm, and Wyldewood Cellars offered guests a chance to start their Christmas shopping, and guests took a chance to win all the trees, wreaths and raffle/silent auction items. Santa & Mrs. Claus were also available for photos during public hours.

What a treat! Kids enjoyed hearing a Christmas story at brunch read by Mrs. Claus.

Brunch with Santa & Mrs. Claus was hosted again this year based on last year’s popular demand for the event.  134 kids and adults attended to have brunch with Santa and a very special story time with Mrs. Claus. Kids enjoyed their breakfast and a variety of special raffle packages were available for the families to win.

FOT Chair, Chaya Sandler, and Assistant Chair, Kari Testory, smile at Brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Fundraising for the entire Festival of Trees weekend totaled $35,526!! Thanks for all of our members for your hard work and volunteer hours. Additionally, JLCU would like to extend special thanks to all of our sponsors and donors of the 2016 Festival of Trees Weekend:

Cash Sponsors

One Main Development


6-Foot Tree Sponsors


Health Alliance

JLCU Board of Directors & Management Team: Mindy Borden, Mandy Davis, Jenette Jurczyk, Nikki Melander, Ashley Morgan, Emily Neal, Denise Poindexter, Jennifer Romine, Kristen Sackley, Allie Teagarden, Loni Trimble

Dr. Brian & Jenette Jurczyk

Past Festival of Trees Chairs: Laura Gerhold, Becca Guyette, Heather Vazquez, Allie Teagarden, Jane Wagner

Prairie Gardens

2016 Festival of Trees Committee: January Boten, Erin Brodbeck, Kelly Kuchefski, Molly Mooney, Chaya Sandler, Erin Sullivan, Kari Testory

Jennifer Romine & Clint Ourso

Robin Smalley

Rebecca Smalley


4-Foot Tree Sponsors

C-U Farmers Markets: The Champaign Farmers’ Market & Urbana’s Market at the Square

Mandy Davis

Fetch! Pet Care

Hickory River

Illini Nissan

Jenette Jurczyk on behalf of That’s What She Said

Molly Mooney

Amy Riha

Chaya Sandler on behalf of Rape Advocacy, Counseling & Education Services (RACES)

Sunset Funeral

Shelly Tangen


36-Inch Wreath Sponsors

Custom Flooring

Sara DeGrofft

First Midwest Bank

Gray, Yallaly & Black DDS

JLCU Gala Committee: Kristi Kaiser, Tara Harris Kuebler, Michelle McDonagh, Betsy Powers, Jennifer Schmidt


Martin, Hood, Friese & Associates LLC

Paunicka Chiropractic Clinic

Prospect Bank


30-Inch Wreath Sponsors

January Boten

Broeren Russo Construction Inc.

Cozad Asset Management

Marine Bank


In-Kind Donors & Sponsors

Tim & Julie Arie

Art in Motion

Big Grove Tavern

BJ Grand Salon & Spa

Bugbee’s DJ Plus

Brainstorm Escapes

Breakfast, Life & Dinner

Christi Chambers Photography

Champaign Gymnastics Academy

Chicago Cubs

Chicago White Sox

Chicago Wolves Hockey

Columbia Street Roastery

CU Ballet

Drury Hotels

Dulak Pilates


Fisher Chiropractic

Peter Fox of Fox Development Corporation

Ann & Allen Gerhold

Laura Gerhold

Grove Stone

Harvest Market

Horizon Hobby

Hyatt Place Champaign/Urbana

Illini Studio

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Ippatsu Salon

Jenette Jurczyk

Angie Kerr – Thirty-One Gifts

Leaders for Life Martial Arts

Jen Ledger – LuLaRoe

Lincolnshire Fields Country Club

The Little Gym

Martin One Source

Mettler Center

Chaya Sandler

Rod Sickler Salon & Spa


Rebecca Smalley

St. Louis Cardinals

Loni Trimble


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