Kellsie’s Hope Foundation Announces Trees of Hope Fundraising Event

Local nonprofit will host their largest fundraising event of the year this November.

Online PR News – 06-November-2013 – MARYVILLE, Ill. – Kellsie’s Hope Foundation, a local nonprofit here that raises awareness of childhood cancers and assists families in need with gifting, funding trips, and cancer research, announces its 2nd annual Trees of Hope event.

The event, taking place November 23 at the SIUE Morris University Center, is the largest fundraiser of the year for the organization and all proceeds raised benefit children with cancer and their families.

Kellsie’s Hope Foundation was started by Kellsie Marchbanks, a Maryville, Ill. native who lost her battle with a rare form of childhood cancer, Osteosarcoma, in June 2011, at the young age of 20.

“During Kellsie’s treatment at Children’s Hospital in St. Louis she developed a very close relationship with her Oncologist, Dr. Todd Druley,” says Dan Marchbanks, Kellsie’s father. “She wanted nothing more than to help raise money to help him with his research into childhood cancers such as her own. Kellsie spoke with Dr. Druley on several occasions on how she could help, but unfortunately, she passed away before she was able to see her wish carried through.”

“Last year was our first year running the Trees of Hope event and we raised nearly $10,000,” says Gail Marchbanks, Kellsie’s mother and chair of the event. “Over 200 people attended last year and we received such positive feedback that we decided to make this an annual event.”

The signature of the event was the Tree of Hope, a 13-foot tree with 300 unlit bulbs with the word “Hope” predominantly placed on the tree. Light bulbs were sold and, when purchased, a volunteer would turn the light bulb on. The goal was to turn the entire tree pink by the end of the night. The organization met their goal.

This year the event includes a raffle for a seven-night stay in Aruba and an iPad. Those attending can purchase a pink light bulb for $20, or six tickets for $100. Each ticket enters the participant into the raffle drawing at the end of the night.

In addition to lighting the Tree of Hope, there will also be a silent auction consisting of over 30 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths donated by local companies and individuals. This year will feature a special Barbie tree, including Barbie ornaments through the years. Also, many of the trees come with presents underneath it, such as tickets, memorabilia, gift cards, merchandise, and more.

“There is truly something for everyone at this event,” says Marchbanks. “We are so excited about raising more money to help see Kellsie’s dream come to fruition.”

Appetizers, beer, and wine are provided at the event free of charge to all attending.

Kellsie’s Hope Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to support childhood cancer research and supporting the nursing field with a nursing scholarship each year.

Corporation and individuals making donations to Kellsie’s Hope Foundation can be assured that their donations will help make the life of a child with cancer a little easier and to support the goal of putting an end to childhood cancer.

To learn more about Kellsie’s Hope Foundation please visit their website at or contact Dan or Gail Marchbanks at 618-344-2949.