The History of
Fantasy of Trees
In its 17 years, the Fantasy of Trees has raised more than $2.75 million to provide much-needed medical equipment for children served by East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. From the first Fantasy of Trees in 1985 that welcomed over 13,000 visitors, the Fantasy of Trees hosted over 700,000 people in the past 17 years giving them the opportunity to begin their holiday season the week of Thanksgiving.
Throughout the history of the event, the Fantasy of Trees has been designed, created and staffed by the dedication, expertise and talent of over 3500 volunteers each year. Those volunteers dedicate themselves to Children’s Hospital by giving over 100,000 hours annually to make the Fantasy of Trees the premier holiday event that it is today.
The Fantasy of Trees will make its first-ever location change when it moves in November 2002 to the new Knoxville Convention Center.
A Tradition of Giving
With the help of many generous sponsors, the loyalty of Knoxville’s corporations and organizations, and many, many individuals, the Fantasy of Trees has raised over $2.75 dollars to benefit the sick and injured children of the East Tennessee region including Southwest Virginia, Southeast Kentucky, and Western North Carolina. Funds from the first four years were designated for various medical equipment needs throughout the hospital. In 1989, Fantasy of Trees organizers began to designate proceeds to fund specific areas of the hospital each year.
1989 Surgery Department
1990 Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
1991 General Medical Equipment
1992 New Acuson 128XP Ultrasound Unit for Radiology
1993 Ambulatory Care Center
1994 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Surgery Department
1995 Post Anesthesia Care Unit and Surgery Department
1996 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
1997 Home Health Care and Respiratory Care Department
1998 Anesthesiology and Laboratory Units
1999 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
2000 Two Cardiac Echo Units
2002 Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units