• 1820 Valkyrie Drive NW,
  • Rochester, MN 55901
  • HHI: 507-289-7222
  • HHF: 507-289-8683

Are you ready for the 35th annual

Festival of Trees – A Celebration of Giving?

What is the Festival of Trees? Simply said – it’s our favorite event of the year! This holiday themed fundraiser allows us to partner with the community to kick off the holiday season. Together, we continue to raise funds and awareness for our mission. To date, we have raised over $4 million!

What is Hiawatha Homes’ mission? We providing quality support services to individuals with disabilities at home and in their community. Learn more about the services we provide at https://hiawathahomes.org/about/hhi/.

How can I get involved? We invite you to become an Underwriter, Tree Designer, or volunteer! Together, we will work to organize this community fundraising event.

What’s new this year? Well, like everyone else in the world, we are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Have no fear! It may not look the same as in years past, but the 2020 Festival of Trees planning committee (a.k.a. Santa’s elves) are hard at work creating another masterpiece that will celebrate the past, embrace the present, and dream of the future!

I want to learn more! Where should I look? As we count down to the event, we will be posting details in every way possible. Learn more, follow along and engage with us via this page, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube

COVID-19: A Note from Hiawatha Homes Foundation

The Festival of Trees, a 35 year tradition in our local community, will look a little different this year. After weeks of discussion and scenario planning, the decision has been made to move forward with an off-site/virtual event. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will not be held at the Mayo Civic Center in 2020, but rather disbursed throughout the community and presented online.

Our team is hard at work, and you must know – the energy and innovation is contagious!  We will be sure to update this page as our planning unfolds. One thing is certain, we will uphold our tradition to kick off the holiday season with our community, and together we will raise funds in support of individuals with disabilities!

We are a community and we are in this together! 

Please contact us with ideas, feedback, questions and suggestions. After all, this is your event!

2019 Underwriters



Hampton Inn – South Broadway


Alliance Event Design

Johnson Printing

Lloyd & Diane Sauter

Bigelow & Lennon Construction, LLC

Lynn Roberts Foundation

Spectrum Pro Audio

Social Indoor of SE MN

Studio Kreations


Airport View License Bureau

Ann & Rahn Lund

Data-Smart Computers

M² Creative Events

Sunshine Sanitation


Rochester Post Bulletin


Accounting & Tax Associates, Inc.

Tom & Julie Bittinger

The Kris Heichel Team – Fairway Mortage

Associated Bank

Peter & Carol Carryer


Atlas Insurance Brokers, LLC

Charlie’s Eatery & Pub

Reliable Medical Supply


Bremer Bank

Brian Falbo and the Falbo Family

Janet & Larry Johnson

McNeilus Steel, Inc.

MLT Group

Chris Hus – RE/MAX Results

Rochester Motor Cars

Sterling State Bank

U.S. Bank

Clements Chevrolet Cadillac

First Alliance Credit Union

Mayo Clinic

Med-City Collision, Inc.

ONB Bank

Merle Groteboer – RE/MAX Results of Rochester

Rodney D. Anderson Law Offices, LLC

Subaru of Rochester

Virgil’s Auto Clinic & Towing

Dan & Kim Groteboer – Edina Realty

Hauser Chem-Dry

Daniel & Sheila McNallan

Minnwest Bank

Pharmaceutical Specialties, Inc.

Team Eric Robinson, Edina Realty

Strategic Tax & Retirement

Jan & Larry Tarnow


All Systems Installation

Anytime Fitness – Byron & Stewartville

Fred & Carol Carlson, Charlie & Yvonne Blekre

DoubleTree Hotel

Carol Fitzgerald

Hilton Garden Inn

Dan & Kim Groteboer – Edina Realty

Knud Jorgensen

Luther Park Place Motor Cars

Minnesota Energy Resources

Olmsted Medical Center

Premier Bank Rochester

The Rochester Civic Theatre Company

Smith Schafer & Associates, Ltd.

American Waterworks

Ann Archer, Joni Brooks, Karen Larsen & Amy Ntoburi

The Boldt Company

Coulee Bank

Dunlap & Seeger, P.A.

Heartman Insurance

Hilton Hotel Rochester

Knutson Construction

Main Street Dental Clinics

Merit Contracting, Inc.

Morris Concrete

People’s Energy Cooperative

Ranfranz & Vine Funderal Home


Ted W. Smith Insurance Services, Inc.

Wells Fargo

Anderson’s Wheelchair, Inc./
Jim & Gretchen Anderson

Bullpen Wealth Advisors

Kathy Davis & Family

Ellingson Insurance Group, LLC

Hiawatha Homes Boards of Directors

Hunt Silver Lake Drug & Gifts

Johnson Controls 

Lesmeister Balloon Company/Lesmesiter Fleet Service/Optical Vision w/Flair

Meshbesher & Spence

North Risk Partners

Podein’s Power Equipment/House Chevrolet

Restovich and Braun & Associates

Ryan Windows & Siding, Inc.

Tiegs, Heiden, Forliti, Johnson Families