Roseman South Jordan Students Participate in Festival of Trees

December 6, 2011

Roseman University students from the College of Pharmacy in South Jordan, Utah helped raise money for Primary Children’s Hospital at the 2011 Festival of Trees.

The students participated by purchasing and donating a tree, collecting decorations and decorating the tree, named “Best in Class”, that was on display during the Festival from November 29-December 3. It was available for auction and sold for $2,225.

Riki Ashment, a second-year pharmacy student, helped coordinate Roseman’s tree for the Festival. Other students who contributed with donated time, decorations, and design skills, included Mary Rogers, Emily Bates, Brittany Bryan, Sara Langlois, Crosby Oldham, LeeAnn Madrid, Makenzie Nye, Brittan Jacklin and Jayson Madson.

“The Student Alliance would like to say thank you to everyone from Roseman University who helped with our tree,” said Ashment. “The donations were appreciated, and the manpower was invaluable; without your assistance we could not have made this project so successful.”

The Festival of Trees has been a Utah holiday tradition for 41 years, and (as of 2010) has raised almost $30 million for Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, with over $1.5 million raised in 2010 alone. In its first year, the Festival included 60 trees and raised about $47,000. Since then it has grown to an event with over 700 trees (ranging in size from smaller than three feet to over 10 feet), wreaths, quilts, centerpieces and collectibles, gingerbread houses, a gift boutique featuring handmade articles, a sweet shop filled with freshly made candies and baked goods, a display of wreaths and door decorations, centerpieces, gingerbread houses, and backyard playhouses. There is also a chance for children to see Santa, a “Kids Korner” with activities and crafts, hot scones and sweet rolls, and continuous live entertainment. Everything at the Festival, including the trees and other auction items, the display space, and the entertainment, are donated so every penny donated goes straight to Primary Children’s Hospital.

Although the event has been copied several times throughout the U.S. and Canada, the Utah Festival of Trees remains the original.