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Tree of Hope 2020


Tree of Hope

For the past 23 years, the Tree of Hope, a focal point in the Landmark District, has been a bright symbol of inspiration and hope to our community however Kelowna residents are likely unaware of the trees unique story.
It all started with a 160-foot construction crane standing idle next to the completed shell of the Landmark 2 Tower. The idea struck when Al Stober realized that his company could not use the crane until after the Christmas season. “What if we could dangle a giant Christmas tree from the lifting hook of the crane?”, Al wondered.
Inspired, Al drew a little sketch on a napkin at a local restaurant. He showed the drawing to his sons and before they left the restaurant a plan was in place.
By early December, the tree was finished, casting its glorious radiance across the city - a glowing reminder of the spirit of the Christmas season. And so was born the tradition of the Tree of Hope at the Landmark District.

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    While the Tree of Hope was meant to be a single event, it has been lit every year since 1995. The tree now stands over 120 feet tall and has approximately 25,000 LED energy efficient bulbs. More importantly, from late November until January 1st the Tree of Hope becomes a local celebration and a visible reminder to our community and those visiting that Christmas is a time of generosity and fellowship.
    The Tree of Hope is a tradition created to spread compassion to those less fortunate. It is a beacon for fundraising and symbolizes Kelowna as a community known for its kindness to those less fortunate.
    In partnership with the tenants of Landmark District and TD Canada Trust, the Tree of Hope donates funds each year to local charitable organizations. Over $1,000,000 has been donated to date.
    We are proud to announce this year’s recipient is the Child Advocacy Centre. The Child Advocacy Centre Kelowna operates an inspired, child friendly environment dedicated to wrapping services around those impacted by child abuse. They facilitate a collaborative model of care designed to empower those working on the front lines of child abuse to work together to improve outcomes and build resilience for children, families and community.
    ****** Some of the past Tree of Hope recipients include: 2008 The Bridge - 2009 Building Healthy Families - 2010 Kelowna Women’s Shelter - 2011 Arion Farm and Reach out Youth Counselling and Family Services – 2012 Crime Stoppers / Fit 4 Defense - 2013 Courage for Youth - 2014 YMCA of the Okanagan -2015 The Bridge Youth and Family Services - UBCO 2016-2018, Ali McManus 2019 ******

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