About Fantasy of Trees

About Fantasy of Trees

The Fantasy of Trees is an annual fundraising event that takes place at the Knoxville Convention Center. The proceeds from Fantasy of Trees benefit East Tennessee Children's Hospital, Knoxville's only not-for-profit Comprehensive Regional Pediatric Center. In 30 years, the Fantasy of Trees has raised more than $7 million to provide much-needed medical equipment for children served by East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Since the first Fantasy of Trees in 1985 that welcomed 13,125 visitors, the Fantasy of Trees has hosted well over one million people.

The Fantasy of Trees is designed, created and staffed by thousands of volunteers who give more than 180,000 hours annually to make the Fantasy of Trees the premier holiday event in East Tennessee.

A Tradition of Giving

Take a look at how Fantasy of Trees has grown and impacted the East Tennessee community over the years:

   1985  2015
 13,125 61,847
 Net Proceeds
 $13,843  $402,514
 Volunteer Hours
 Total Volunteers
89  11,668
 Total Attendance in 31 Years
 Total Volunteer Hours in 31 Years
 Total Net Proceeds in 31 Years


How Your Donations Are Used

Donations to Children's HospitalIn 2014, children in East Tennessee and surrounding states made more than 142,000 visits to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital for a variety of health care concerns from minor to major and illnesses to injuries. More than 66,000 of those visits were to the Emergency Department. Because of donors like you, these vulnerable children had access to lifesaving treatments, tests and expert pediatric care.

The hospital would not be able to provide this care and necessary equipment without the generous support of people like you in the East Tennessee community who support Children's through fundraising events such as the Fantasy of Trees.

Donations Through The Years

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     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
1999     Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
2000     Cardiac Echo Units for Radiology
2001     Surgery Department
2002     Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Units
2003     Children's Hospital Rehabilitation Center
2004     Open Door Endowment Fund
2005     Baxter Syringe Pumps, NICU monitors, electroencephalographs and an EEG Review System
2006     Equipment for two new surgery suites
2007     IntelliVue MP50 Bedside Monitors 
2008     Equipment for Inpatient, Surgery and Radiology Departments
2009     Two nuclear medicine cameras for Radiology
2010     Equipment for the Laboratory and the Children's Sleep Medicine Center
2011     Equipment for MRI in Radiology, Lifeline Transport Service and Pharmacy Department
2012     Equipment for Surgery
2013     Pharmacy equipment
2014     Opmi Pentero Neuro Surgical Microscope
2015     Equipment for Emergency Department