The biggest fundraiser of the year for the Discovery Depot Children’s Museum in Galesburg gets underway Thursday night, November 29th.
The first Festival of Trees event at Discovery Depot raised just a few thousand dollars – last year’s event raised $71,000. Money raised during the event goes towards the Depot’s operating costs throughout the year and to bring in new and dynamic exhibits to the museum. Renovation work on the 2nd floor of the Depot is to be completed next year – with more hands-on, innovative exhibits available to children. For Thursday night’s Festival of Trees, doors will open at 5:00pm with a live auction beginning at 7:00pm. Denise Bradburn, Executive Director of Discovery Depot, tells WGIL there’s items to bid on, and items to purchase. “This year we have two or three big trees, a lot of porch-style trees, we have a lot of table-top trees, wreaths, and garland, sleds….and lanterns,” Bradburn added. “Anything you can imagine to set around your house. We usually have around 65-70 items – and most of those items are for purchase.” The Depot will also be featuring a Silver Streaks tree this year. The popular live auction at 7:00 pm includes deals from local restaurants, destination packages, themed birthday parties, sports memorabilia, local art, designer purses, a “Giraffe Encounter” and more. Tickets for the Discovery Depot’s Festival of Trees are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.