Since 1989, Bekins agent Springfield Van & Storage Co. has been a Diamond Sponsor of Memorial’s Festival of Trees. The festival is an annual event that raises money for health-related projects and programs at Memorial Health System and for the Springfield, Ill. community.
Springfield Van & Storage’s festival support is more than monetary. Throughout the year, the agent further supports the effort by storing six 51-foot trailers loaded with props and equipment for the festival. They deliver all the trailers for set
up and later retrieve them for storage at their warehouse. This year, the agent deployed a team of six people and three straight trucks to deliver 135 trees over a three-day period.
“We at Springfield Van & Storage Co., or as the Festival calls us – Springfield Van/Bekins, are proud to be a continuing sponsor for this event. We feel the services provided give back to a community that has given us so much,” said Dave Buchanan, Vice President/General Manager at Springfield Van & Storage. “It is rewarding knowing that we are contributing to research and the building of a medical community that is known all around the country for its excellence. Delivery of the trees puts us in contact with so many different businesses and individuals within the community that we do not normally have the opportunity to meet.”
According to the event website, the festival has raised more than $3.9 million dollars since its inception in 1989 and has an annual attendance of more than 30,000 people. It has become one of the most popular family-oriented holiday traditions in central Illinois. The festival is a nine-day holiday event that features more than 200 trees and wreaths decorated by designers. The trees are purchased by businesses, sponsors and individual families to help support Memorial’s medical research and other needs. More information, including photos, can be found on the festival’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MemorialsFestivalofTrees/.
Article written by Amy Warner