About the Festival of Trees
Breakfast with Santa & Friends
Tree & Wreath Designer Handbook
Proceeds Provide Caring Support for
Children and Adults in our Community
U.S. SARR Corps
The U.S. SARR Corps, formerly known as Rescue 40, is an all-volunteer professional Search, Rescue and Recovery organization based in Beaver Falls. The unit assumed the responsibility of the festival in 2010 upon the retirement of the chairperson after 20 years of service. The founder of the Corps was and is still involved with the advisory board and elected to head up the festival and help it grow.
The organization provides highly trained, skilled members with equipment and up to-date tactics for the purpose of locating individuals who have gone missing. They have identified over 24 different categories of missing persons which require extensive background knowledge for each one.
All proceeds benefit the
Children & Youth Services
U.S. SARR Corps
The festival is a community event to raise funds for charity, but also to provide an outstanding family Christmas Holiday place to visit and enjoy.
The proceeds of the festival are divided equally between Beaver County Children and Youth Services (CYS) Agency Advisory Board and U.S. SARR Corps headquartered in Beaver Falls.
The CYS Advisory Board consists of volunteers from the community who are appointed by the Beaver County Commissioners. The Board’s role is to advise and assist Beaver County Children and Youth Services (BCCYS) in its overall function. The Board’s secondary mission is allocation of contributed funds that provide additional financial support for children involved with BCCYS in ways that may not be in the purview of the agency’s budget. The main source of Board funding is the Festival of Trees.
Children involved with BCCYS come from families where poverty is their norm. Their families are unable to provide “extras” for their children because they are concerned with providing the basic needs of life. The vast majority of children involved with the agency receive services to address the safety needs existing in their families while they remain in-home. In some instances, safety threats to the child are too intense and require removal from their family. In those cases the agency always looks to place children with family members first and next looks to non-relative foster care. Both of the above groups have benefited from Advisory Board funding.
Some of the ways in which donated money is used for the children involved with BCCYS are as follows:
• Residential summer camp
• School shoes
• Back-backs with school supplies
• Winter coats, hats and gloves
• Prom gowns
• Eye glasses
• Specialized computers for school
• Tools for technical schools
• Funding to play a sport
• Funding to take music lessons
• Funding to attend specialized camps related to a medical condition
• Graduation gifts
Over the past 27 years, the Festival of Trees has raised almost a half of a million dollars for children involved with the agency.
CYS ADVISORY BOARD