The Fantasy of Trees has been a Rotary Club of Grimsby annual fund-raiser for 22 years. We are members of Rotary International: we are people in action, where neighbours, friends and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. With over 1.2 million members and 35,000 clubs around the world, we are always working to better our world. We are both an international organization and a local community leader. We are dedicated to change in our own backyards and across the world. Find out more at www.rotary.org.
The Rotary Club of Grimsby is part of District 7090. We have contributed to local causes and projects since our founding in 1976 in Grimsby. The Fantasy of Trees is our signature event to raise funds for local charities supporting local residents.
The Fantasy of Trees has been an annual Rotary Club of Grimsby event for 22 years, originated by the event`s founders – Grimsby Rotary members, Bob and Lois Gowans. The Grimsby Museum is decorated with an incredible display of Christmas trees, wreaths and other seasonal items. Fund-raising is done with a lottery raffle for the displayed items, with additional monies raised through on-line auctions. The FOT event proceeds are used to support local charities and Rotary causes.
Each year, the FOT event traditionally starts in late November and ends in early December. This gives tree or wreath winners enough time to set up their XMAS winnings in their own homes or front doors well in advance of the Christmas season. This year`s dates are Friday, Nov 25th to Sunday, Dec 4th. Raffle winners are chosen on Monday, Dec 5th and winners can pick up their items at the Museum the same week.
The FOT is a free-admission family event, with no obligation to purchase raffle tickets or to bid on-line. Not only do hundreds of families attend, but several community organizations such as long-care homes and institutions supporting the disabled arrange for their residents to attend too.
There are several avenues for FOT participation. Sponsors can support the event by sponsoring an XMAS tree that they can themselves decorate or have Rotary decorate. They can sponsor wreaths or decorative outdoor pots (urns), or donate an item of their choice – all of which will be used in the raffle or in an on-line auction. Or, you can make a cashdonation towards decorations or other item purchases needed to prepare the event. You can also make an in-kind donation of your organization`s services. Or, you can even sponsor our Santa Day, when Santa makes an early visit to the Museum for photos and to hear children`s XMAS requests.
People who made Fantasy of Trees come to life this year
In addition, Santa and Mrs. Claus annually select a recipient for a donation by the club, in lieu of payment for his early visit to see the children of Grimsby and listen to their requests.
Photography throughout the many years of Fantasy of Trees