27th FOT

Our holiday fundraising events have come and gone already! The Festival of Trees annual gala entertained over 175 of our sponsors and supporters for an evening of good food, friends, and unique learning experiences within the midst of our exhibit space. Guests watched Springfield’s own celebrity chef, James Clary create spherical custard, and Maxon’s jewelers displayed the secrets behind ancient Damascus steel knives. There were over 160 silent and live auction items to choose from. Some lucky finds went for less than $20.00 while other items were fiercely contended over and eventually going for thousands of dollars. When all was said and done, the night was a huge success. Overall, just over $114,000 was raised for the museum. 

The ending dollar figure was not the only success of the evening. The staff and volunteers put in extra hours setting up for the party and take down immediately afterwards well into the midnight hour. Set up and clean up went smoothly with no lost items, trips, slips, or falls.  The ledgers for the evening balanced out perfectly on the first round. Our volunteers put down our leftover custard and put up the tables and chairs. Our donors put forward not only their financial support, but their time and other resources additionally in support of the Center. 


Thank you, Festival of Trees 2012 current sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor

  • C.W. Titus Foundation

Major Sponsors 

  • Lezah & Ron Stenger Family Foundation
  • Mr. Bobby Allison

Gold Sponsor  

  • Charlie & Mary Beth O'Reilly Family Foundation

Silver Sponsors 

  • BKD Foundation
  • Commerce Bank
  • Brent & Barbie Davis
  • Husch Blackwell LLP
  • SRC Holdings Corporation 

Bronze Sponsors

  • Associated Electric Cooperative
  • Diane & Wes Cooper
  • Great Southern
  • Heim, Young & Associates
  • Jordan Valley Innovation Center/MSU
  • Joanie & Steve Loyd
  • Malone Finkle Eckhardt & Collins, Inc.
  • Cathy & Ron Neville
  • Janice & Ron Penney
  • Positronic Industries
  • Springfield First Community Bank
  • The Law Firm of Neale and Newman
  • Voss Autohaus - Randy Voss
Event Sponsors 
  • Rita & Keesag Baron
  • Roy & Abigail Blunt
  • M.D. Bonebrake
  • Boyd Aluminum
  • Brewer Science
  • Cash Family Orthodontics
  • Shirley & Mike Collison
  • Lisa & Steve Cox
  • Croley Insurance & Financial, Inc. - Cabrini & Trevor Croley
  • Dewitt & Associates
  • Elliott, Robinson & Company, LLP
  • Empire Bank/Central Trust & Investment Company
  • Tom Finnie
  • Julie & David Gipson
  • Brooke & John Griesemer
  • Rita & Larry Gurian
  • Debbie & Bill Hart
  • Susan & Eric Jensen
  • Laura & Gordon Kinne
  • Susan & Bill Kirkman
  • Saunny  & Tom Lynch
  • Jim Mattax
  • Morelock Ross Builders
  • Ollis & Company
  • Judi & Mike Phillips
  • Mark Powell
  • Marie & Bill Prater
  • Eleanor & James Robberson
  • SECO - Springfield Engineering Company
  • Katherine & John Steinberg
  • Ben & Kristi Stringer
  • The Wooten Company
  • Trust Company of the Ozarks
  • Marie & Mark Wood
  • Tal & Rosalie O'Reilly Wooten Family Foundation
  • Cindy & Brad Wyrsch