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Festival of Trees 2015


A North Country Festival of Trees is a celebration of the Holiday season!

This year’s theme is “Christmas At The North Pole” and will feature more than 50 trees decorated to create a magically festive setting, along with musical performances.

This unique festival highlights the spirit of the season with activities throughout the weekend for the entire family. A Gala, featuring a live auction, dinner, and music takes place on Friday evening, followed by the Sugarplum Ball (father/daughter dance) on Saturday Evening and public viewing all three days. This year’s theme is “Christmas At The North Pole” and will feature over 50 trees decorated to create a magically festive setting, along with musical performances.

We offer you the opportunity to support A North Country Festival of Trees by becoming a sponsor, decorator or by attending one of the events during Festival weekend. Your support will play a significant role in ensuring quality services and programs for local children. 

Sponsorship Information and Form

Decorator Information and Form

Decorator Guidelines and Awards Categories

Register for the Gala

Register for the Sugarplum Ball

2015 A North Country Festival of Trees Schedule of Events

Kindly bring a pair of new or gently used mittens to donate to local people in need! A collection bin will be located beneath The Mitten Tree.

Friday, December 4, 2015
Public Viewing, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gala Dinner and Live Auction, 6:00 pm Make Reservations for the Gala

Saturday, December 5, 2015
Public Viewing, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sugarplum Ball, 6:00 pm Make Register for the Sugarplum Ball

Sugarplum Early Bird portraits at 5:00 pm by Creative Imaging Fine Photography. Package Options

Sunday, December 6, 2015
Public Viewing, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tree Pick-up 3:00 pm

If you are interested in being contacted about sponsoring, or donating/decorating a tree, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today.   If you have questions about decorating or sponsorship please call 315-785-4584.

The North Country Festival of Tree is a joint event held by the Watertown Family YMCA and the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation.

The Watertown Family YMCA has been a part of the Watertown community since 1855. Through quality programs, the YMCA provides for the strengthening of families, the healthy development of children, positive individual behaviors, and a healthy, safer community for all. Children’s programs emphasize caring, respect, honesty, character building, fun and friendship. Over 5,000 children are served each year throughout Jefferson County. From swimming lessons and sports programs, to activities for teens and childcare - programs are open to everyone, creating a sense of community for children and families. For more information on YMCA programs call 782-3100.

The Samaritan Medical Center Foundation was established in 1996 to encourage gifts that support and advance healthcare provided by Samaritan Medical Center and to increase the public’s awareness of and participation in health and wellness programs. Funds raised by the Festival of Trees will be used to establish and maintain quality pediatric healthcare services and programs at Samaritan Medical Center. For more information about the Samaritan Medical Center Foundation call 315-785-5745.

Auxiliary Events

One Night - One Diamond Event 2016


Enjoy an elegant evening of dining, dancing 
and a chance to win an exquisite half-carat diamond 
donated by Waterbury Fine Jewelers.


Saturday, March 19, 2016

6:30 pm - 11:30 pm at The Commons on Fort Drum.

Tickets will be available for purchase soon.

The 2016 One Night, One Diamond proceeds will purchase designated medical equipment to be used at Samaritan Medical Center.

For more information about the event, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Children's Miracle Network Events

NNY Mini-Marathon 2015

Spring 2015 at the Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center in Watertown, NY.

Join the New Visions Class of 2015 in their effort to raise $20,000 for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) of Northern New York! NNY Mini-Marathon is this year’s new and improved Dance Marathon experience! The purpose of Dance Marathon events like Glowathon is to unite students for Children’s Miracle Network by standing for kids who can’t.

Peter Pan Birthday Club

The Peter Pan Birthday Club of Children's Miracle Network at Samaritan Medical Center is open to all children and is designed to foster and encourage philanthropy in children. Birthdays are a special time to celebrate and by joining the Peter Pan Birthday Club, your child has the opportunity to impact the life of a sick child. Club members ask birthday party guests to bring a monetary gift to Children's Miracle Network of NNY instead of a present. All of the gifts made through the Peter Pan Birthday Club help meet specific needs of children in Northern New York.


Teens for Miracles Fashion Show presented by A Touch of Grace

March 8, 2015 at the Bruce M. Wright Conference Center in Watertown.

A Touch of Grace will once again host its popular annual fashion show to benefit Children’s Miracle Network each year. This past year, the fashion show will feature not only the latest styles in prom dresses and tuxes, but also in bridal fashion, Sugar Plum ball styles for little girls, and other formal wear occasions. We ask for a $10 donation per guest to watch the fashion show.  All proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network of NNY. 

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Annual River Rat Triathlon

This year's River Rat Triathlon will be held on Sunday, August 23, 2015 in Clayton, NY. Fore more information on sponsorship, participation, volunteering, and more details visit the racewebsite at  

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Radiothon 2015

November 4 - 6, 2015

Radiothon will be held November 4, 5 and 6 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. It will air on the Border 106.7 and 94 Rock hosted by DJs Johnny Spezzano and Lance Hale. The Radiothon will feature stories of local children who have benefitted from the Children’s Miracle Network program at Samaritan Medical Center. Listeners can call 315-755-KIDS to pledge their support to the hospital. You can also make pledges online here!


Happy Kids Smiling Faces 2015

CMN Happy Kids Smiling Faces Photo Contest 2015

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The Children’s Miracle Network Happy Kids Smiling Faces Contest, presented by Creative Imaging Fine Photography, is an exciting annual event that raises much needed dollars for our local children and families. Celebrating happy children, the photo contest is open to children ages 12 and under for an entrance fee of $15, and offers parents an opportunity to have their child’s photo taken at a low cost. Photo times are October 16, from 2 - 6 pm, October 17 from 11 am - 5 pm and October 18 from 11 am - 4 pm. All photos are taken by Creative Imaging Fine Photography at the Salmon Run Mall Center Court.

Following photo choice and posting, online voting will be available November 2 through 6 for friends and family to choose their favorite contestant! After competitive voting, the top three contestants will be announced at a ceremony where cash prizes will be awarded. At this time, all families will be able to pick up their FREE 5 x 7 photo as well as any additional photos ordered. For more information please visit the CMN Happy Kids Smiling Faces Photo Contest website.

 Thank you to our CMN Happy Kids Smiling Faces Contest Sponsors

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