History, Mission and Overview
Established in 2010, the LLB Festival of Trees exists for three main reasons:
- to provide an environment for students to volunteer and develop their citizenship skills and give back to their community.
- to provide a low-cost-community-family-oriented event to enhance our community.
- to provide funds to support children and youth organizations and non-profit organizations whose objective is to enhance the lives of children, and of youth in Lac La Biche County.
There is NO cost for entry to the attend the festival, however, individuals are encouraged to bring a food donation, unwrapped toy or warm clothing-new or gently used and/or monetary donation.
Taking place each year, during either the third or fourth weekend in November, the annual- festival is a flagship fundraiser and family-fun event founded by the J. A. Williams High School, part of Northern Lights Public Schools that has become one of the "most looked forward" signature events in our community. Throughout the festival, there are organized activities for every age group to participate in and we try and introduce new activities yearly. This festival showcases the LLB area's culture and arts and the generous spirit of the community comes through to all who take part.
The committee would like to acknowledge the JAWS mother who's brainwave started this whole festival: thank you to Roseann Wilson.
We want a partner!
As mentioned above, the annual festival that was founded by the J. A. Williams High School, part of Northern Lights Public Schools and in 2012 began a partnership with the Lac La Biche Lions Club to run the festival.
Why start a partnership?
After two years of organizing a success festival at the school, the JAWS parent/staff Festival Committee did not want to become a full pledge non-profit organization with their own executive and the ability to give out tax receipts. They realized this was what was required to continue to run a successful festival. The committee just wanted to organize the event, put it on, debrief, improve and do it all over again! After approaching another organization and getting turned down; they looked into the local Lions Club. Their mandate was inline with the festival’s goals, so this club was approached and the partnership relationship began. The Lac La Biche Lions Club, officially became the umbrella non-profit organization that the LLB Festival of Trees is now run under. 2012 began the first year the finances and books were the LLB Lion's Club responsibility.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE: OVERVIEW:
The LLB Festival of Trees is only possible through the support of the whole community and all the volunteers and groups who give their time, organize and run their activities to make the whole festival happen and come together. The festival is about having family and children activities to participate in to create fun and memories, at very little cost, to help increase family and community wellness and help spread hope and joy.
- County of Lac La Biche: provides a grant to help with expenses
- Cenovus: helps pay for the facility rental at The Bold Center
- Cenovus Family Skate: family activity sponsored by Cenovus
- Boom 103.5: coverage that helps get the word out there!
- Lakeland This Week: great stories and coverage
- Santa’s Helpers: no cost to attend the festival but asked to please bring a new toy that we collect for their campaign or monetary donation
- Waskaysoo Food Bank: no cost to attend the festival but please bring items for their bank or monetary donation
- Out Of The Elements: no cost to attend festival but please bring items for their campaign (warm clothes, socks, mitts) or monetary donation
- Coat Check hosted by Ecole Sainte-Catherine School PAC
- Santa visit and book present sponsored by PAL Community Living
- Santa pictures are done by LLB Kinette Club
- Santa letters: a chance to write your letter and get it delivered to North Pole
- Cookie Walk hosted fundraiser by LLB Kinette Club and found in the shopping area
- Children’s Festival with activities to participate in and bouncy houses hosted by FCSS and student volunteers from The Next Generation
- Pet and Cuddle hosted by LLB Regional Human Society
- Health and Wellness hot chocolate hosted by Successful Families Successful Kids
- Coloring Contest sponsored by Bargain Shop
- Tall Elf and Assistant Visit to giving away a PAL book to promote reading and literacy
- PARK and RIDE hosted by LLB Boxing Club and JAWS
- Child MIND: one hour free, sponsored by Cenovus (arrange ahead please)
- Pancake Breakfast fundraiser hosted by KidSport
- Ginger Bread Contest sponsored by Portage College
- 50/50 Raffle with proceeded going to Haying in the 30’s Cancer Support Society
- Learn to Curl and Fun Family Bonspiel hosted by LLB Curling Club
- TREE ROOM: an opportunity for local businesses and groups to advertise and give back support by creating and donating a decorated tree or even volunteering to help supervise-like Servus Credit Union Staff.
- $1.00 Tree Raffle: so any family can win. After expenses, proceeds go to local non profit organizations, including school groups.
- Friday night supper and show hosted and proceeds to the Northern Beat Dance Club
- Senior Tea hosted by the Lakeland Scouting and First LLB Beavers and Cubs
- The Fabulous Northern Art Exhibit and Show: LLB Art Club, JAWS Art Program and Portage Fine Arts hosting
- Aurora Middle School Band organize a Concession Booth to raise money
- School and Community Choirs and Bands Performance: celebrating culture and music
- Senior Sneak and Peak Kickoff Event: an FCSS outing with tea and entertainment
- Saturday Evening Out hosted by LLB Gymnastics Club to raise money
- Thursday Night Talent Night hosted by Rotary Interact JAWS Leadership Club
- Sunday brunch hosted by LLB Rotary
STAND ALONE EVENTS HELD THE SAME WEEKEND
- Shopping Extravaganza: stand alone event hosted by Bev Tkachuk sharing the Saturday
- local vendors are able to display and sell their wares
- non-profit organizations are able to arrange for a table to raise fundraising dollars
- assistance with setup and take down: local club will receive a donation
- Celebrity Character appearance: honorarium received
- Organizer of a vender donation raffle with proceed to Kids Are Worth It: breakfast program
- Hockey Tournament
- Santa Parade
- Light Up The Night
- Junior Citizen of the Year
REMEMBER-after expenses, overall money raised by this festival is given back to local children groups and non profit organizations.
- Needy non-profit group and organizations help out by selling tickets two weeks ahead and are then part of the group receiving this money.
Now that you understand how wonderful our festival is, we want to personally invite your company and families to come out and be part of this local community event of fun and creating good deeds, memories and spreading HOPE.
See You Soon!
NOTE: some event may not be part of the festival depending on the year and the organization's wishes.