Opening the day after Thanksgiving, The Festival of Trees is Southwest Florida’s premier holiday showcase, and the Tux &Trees Gala is the signature fundraising event of the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation.
Both events are hosted at the historic Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in the Fort Myers River District. In 2009, nearly 4,000 people visited the magical display of trees decked out in holiday finery.
In the events’ first three years, the Festival of Trees and Tux and Trees have raised more than $160,000 to support Goodwill’s mission of helping people with disabilities and other disadvantages overcome their barriers to employment and independence.
Proceeds from the Festival of Trees benefit the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation, dedicated to providing a lasting impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Supporting the mission of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, the Foundation works to ensure long-term funding is available for programs and services as needs escalate in the five counties served.