WAUSAU, Wis. – The Aspirus Health Foundation is pleased to announce the 21st annual Festival of Trees was a huge success.

The foundation surpassed its goal of $180,000 for this year’s event by raising $214,000 to benefit Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, including two community bedrooms at Aspirus Hospice House for patients with identified financial need.

“This level of support speaks volumes to the value that our community places on our hospice program at Aspirus,” said Aspirus Health Foundation Executive Director, Kalynn Pempek. “We’re grateful for the support of businesses, individuals, and volunteers who helped make this community fundraising event a success!”

Thousands of guests viewed 130 holiday trees, wreaths, mantels, and specialty items at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Rothschild, which were donated by people in our community for raffle and silent auction.

“Again, thank you to all who support the Aspirus Health Foundation and Festival of Trees event…we could not do it without you,” added Pempek. “And thank you to the entire Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services team for the compassionate and high-quality end-of-life care they provide to patients and families year-round.”

To see photos from the various special events during the Aspirus Festival of Trees, please visit the Aspirus Health Foundation Facebook page.