Cantigny Community Trees

Seven area nonprofit organizations showed their holiday spirit by decorating trees for charity.

The Robert R. McCormick Museum at Cantigny Park recently unveiled their “Community Trees” display. For the fourth year in a row, organizations including, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, and Honor Flight Chicago each decorated a tree.

Every group that participates receives a $2,500 grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

Museum visitors are also encouraged to make donations to their charity of choice, and vote for their favorite tree. The winner will then take home an extra $2,500 donated by the museum as well as one hundred percent of the donations made by the visitors.

“Every group gets a donation from us just for participating because it’s our way of saying that philanthropy is important. Robert McCormick was a philanthropist. He left behind his property and his money and his house so that visitors could enjoy it and learn from it,” said Diane Gutenkauf, Director of the Robert R. McCormick Museum at Cantigny Park.

The McCormick Museum displays an 18 foot Freedom Hall Tree of their own, decorated by Phillip’s Flowers and Gifts.

McCormick Museum will have an open house “Holiday Festival” to see the trees on December seventh from five to eight PM and the whole event runs through December 29th.


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