2019 Festival of Trees

November 24, 2019

Beaver alumni and their families along with current BVU students worked together on a Christmas project for a great cause! They decorated a Christmas tree in honor of Canyon "Moose" Hopkins '19 for the 2019 Festival of Trees. This service project was led by alum Gentry (Gillespie) Smith '99.  Funds raised at the Festival support Blank Children's Hospital in Des Moines.


BVU students helped wrap over 25 presents to place in the festival display and created a story board about "Moose".  The presents and story board were delivered to Des Moines where a fantastic group of alumni worked hard decorating the tree and adding the final touches.  The Christmas Tree was purchased by the Hopkins family and will be displayed at their family Christmas.

Alumni and students that helped purchase supplies and decorate include:   Gentry (Gillespie) Smith '99 and son Devan, Kelsey (Dorale) Uhl '03 and daughter Jaden, Jenn (Dorale) Puttmann '06 and daughter Elle, Sarah Steinkamp '01 and baby Edith, Sandy (Flaherty) Johanson '85 and husband Doug, Steph Gronau '98, Angie (Schultes) Macke '99 and daughters Allison, Olivia, and Kennedy, Shana (Manning) Michael '99, Diane (Schmeling) Beisner '81, Jessica (Davis) Fish '01.