BYU students attend Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees gingerbread house inspired by BYU. Photo by Caroline Smith.
Festival of Trees gingerbread house inspired by BYU. (Photo by Caroline Smith)

BYU students flocked to South Towne Expo Center for the Festival of Trees to enjoy entertainment, food and the chance to give back.

The Festival of Trees is an annual benefit for Primary Children’s Hospital started 43 years ago. Last year, the Festival raised over $1.8 million for the hospital with help of donations and volunteers.

“We get a lot of students that volunteer and that come and visit. That is an important part of the Festival is the volunteers, so we love BYU students,” said Marie Partridge, chairwoman for the Festival of Trees executive board.

The Festival has many things to keep visitors entertained. Mitch Jergensen, a senior marketing major from Hemet, Calif., enjoyed the activities with friends.

“There are exactly three things that I loved about the Festival of Trees: 1) the scones and sweet buns, 2) the trees and their wonderful decorations and 3) my awesome BYU friends I spent the evening with,” Jergensen said.

The Festival is a great event for BYU students to start the Christmas season.

“Not only are the trees a lovely spectacle, but the smell of scones and their $1.00 was irresistible,” said Nicholas Bumbaugh, a senior electrical engineering major from Huntsville, Texas. “But the real Christmas gift, for me, was that it’s all for the kids at Primary Children’s Hospital.”

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