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THE 2016 WORLD TOUR VISITS Danville ON Friday, Jan. 8, 2016
World famous team announces The Great Assistprogram to help localcommunities
(PHOENIX, Oct. 6, 2015) – Celebrating 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their unrivaled family show to David S. Palmer Arena in Danville on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at 7 p.m., during their 90th Anniversary World Tour.
Known worldwide as the Ambassadors of Goodwill™, the Globetrotters also announced today that they are giving back even more during their 90th year with The Great Assist program. Stars of the team will leave a mark in communities across North America with acts of goodwill during the tour that is set to play over 330 games in 260 cities.
Fans are encouraged to visit to nominate a worthwhile cause or a deserving family in need of a smile, and the Globetrotters will help as many fans as possible throughout the tour.  In addition to fan requests, the team is planning to bring their bullying prevention program to over 400 schools and community centers, talk to youth about character education and physical fitness, visit children’s hospitals and lend a hand to those in need.
On the court, the Globetrotters’ 90-year celebration will feature some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet. With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm– plus female stars TNT Maddox and Sweet J Ekworomadu* – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans.

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Festival Special Events

Beginning October 2nd...


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All special event tickets are available through the David S. Palmer Arena. Buy in person at the box office; online by clicking the icon above, or visit; or by phone by calling 1-877-77-CLICK.


For general information or group admission tickets, call 217-442-6583.

Children's Holiday Breakfast  SOLD OUT

Sponsored by: The Quaker Oats Company & Sodexo Health Care

Get ready for lots of dancing, singing, jumping, laughing and family bonding when Chicago based singer, songwriter and pre-school music teacher, Jeanie B brings her high energy, Kindie Rock Show to this year’s Children’s Breakfast. Her original music has won multiple awards from Parent's Choice to Billboard Magazine's top honors.

Plus enjoy a great breakfast buffet and a special visit from Santa. Come ready for breakfast with a twist!

Advanced reservations are required. Tickets go sale October 2nd

Saturday, November 14th at 8:30 a.m.

Ticket price $10.00 each

Amanda Potter and Beth Bagby, Co-Chairs

Princess Tea Party  SOLD OUT

Sponsored by: Deb Schimerowski and Craig Wehr, & Escape, an Aveda Hair & Body Spa

Join the Ice Princesses in a winter wonderland for a special tea party at the Princess Castle! It will be pure enchantment as each guest can be her favorite princess for the day. There will be hair and make-up by Escape Salon and photos by Keeran Photography. Each princess will receive a tiara crown and enjoy goodies to eat and drink, along with activities and treat bags at their tables. A musical performance will entertain all in the kingdom!

Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required. Two sessions.

Saturday, November 14th, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Saturday, November 14th, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Ticket Price $15 each

Cathy Cox, Chair

T'was the Night before Christmas Family Pajama Party

Sponsored by: AT & T Illinois

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the festival, not a soul was bored, not even the party animal.
Gather your night owls and wear your favorite PJ’s as we party into the wee hours. Activities include a movie and popcorn bar, cookies and milk, snowball fight and crafts, making reindeer food and taking a family photo. All the
traditional holiday fun one family can do in a night and more! Plus the first 300 children receive a free Disney stuffed animal. Special appearance by Speed Painter, John Jansky.

Saturday, November 14th from 9:00p.m. - 11:00p.m.

Ticket Price $10.00

Pirate Adventure Lunch  SOLD OUT
Sponsored by: McDonald’s ~ DND Witzel Enterprises & Christie Clinic
Arrrrgh Mateys! Gather up your Captains and First Mates and come join us as our little pirates take over the Festival of Trees. A treasure hunt around the festival will start off our pirate adventure. After all the "loot" has been discovered and you've worked up an appetite, McDonalds will provide you with a tasty lunch and Dairy Queen will bring the sweets! No adventure is complete without a little magic, so watch out pirates, the one and only Ronald McDonald will be there to give our guests a special magic show.

Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required.
• Sunday, November 15th
• Ticket Price $10.00 each
• Your pirate adventure begins at 11:30 a.m.
Kate Cox, Katie Gremar, and Theresa Curtis, Co-Chairs


Family Bingo Night

Sponsored by: Financial Legacy Partners Wealth Advisors of Raymond James

Grab the family and head to the Festival for dinner and fun! Enjoy playing Bingo and win prizes the entire family can enjoy! Each ticket includes spaghetti, salad and breadsticks from Jockos, 5 games of Bingo, and admission to the Festival. Each family will receive a goody bag to take home. Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required.

Monday, November 16th

Ticket Price $10.00 each

Doors open at 5:45 p.m., dinner served at 6:00 p.m., event runs till approximately 7:30

Cheryl Clapp and Rhonda Wagner, Co-Chairs

Vintage Roadshow

Sponsored by: Pape Family Funeral Home

Trash or Treasure? Find out at the Vintage Roadshow at the Festival of Trees. Guests are invited to bring an heirloom or antique item for appraisal. Please bring only one item that you can carry or two pieces of jewelry. No weapons, firearms, paintings or large furniture. Each ticket includes admission to the Festival, appraisal for one item and a wonderful brunch plus dessert. Security will be provided to watch valuables.

Tuesday, November 17th from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Ticket Price $10.00 each

Chris Good, Chair

The Crystal Ball 
Sponsored by: Peter & Laura Blackmon, Mark & Jana Goodwin, Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Halloran, and Ron & Judge Karen Wall

Join us for a very special evening of music and dancing with your little sweetheart. Make it a night you’ll both never forget. This is a great opportunity for dads and their daughters, or moms and their sons to get all dressed up, and share a memorable evening together. Dinner, desserts and a souvenir photo are included with each ticket.

All ages are welcome and formal attire is recommended. Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required.

Laura Blackmon and Christy Grassman, Co- Chairs

Tuesday, November 17th, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Photographer starts at 5:30 p.m.)

Ticket Price $15.00 each 


Cheers to You Bingo & Fun
Sponsored by: Skeff Distributing and Vermilion Chevy Buick GMC

Raise your glass and toast to a good time at the Festival of Trees. Join us for hearty appetizers, adult refreshments, and 10 games of Bingo for fabulous prizes (included in your ticket price). Renowned emcee and bingo caller, Tom Wagner is sure to bring lots of fun and have you laughing in your seats. This event is reserved for our guests 21 and older. Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required.

Tuesday, November 17th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Ticket price $20.00 each

Both men and women are welcome

Ellen Baker, Cheryl Clapp and Julie Ronto, Co- Chairs

Ladies Holiday Ladies Luncheon  SOLD OUT
It’s become a holiday tradition and what better way to enjoy your afternoon, than at the Festival of Trees. Bring your girlfriends and join us as we present an elegant luncheon amidst the twinkling lights and glistening trees.

Featuring a scrumptious meal catered by Applewood Foods, special entertainment and lots of fun and laughter.

Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required.

Wednesday, November 18th

Ticket price $30.00 each

Seating begins at 11:00 a.m., meal served at 11:30 a.m.

Cynthia Bookwalter & Joyce DeBoer, Co-Chairs


Zombie Prom
Dance with the Dead
Friday October 30th, 6pm

Featuring: Terrapin Flyer (Chicago's premier Grateful Dead inspired band)

With Special Guests: James Jones Trio (as seen at Phases Of The Moon)

 Video, special effect lighting and sound by festival production specialists Wyss Production Services

 Special effect make-up artists

 Zombie Prom Photographer

 V.I.Z. Lounge upgrade available

 Crowning of the 2015 Zombie King and Queen

GA Tickets: $20 or $30 per couple in Advance

VIZ Tickets: $35 or $60 per couple in Advance

Tickets on Sale September 1

19 & Over Show 


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Lee Brice is a craftsman, the kind whose boundless desire to hone his skills and relentless pursuit of perfection are matched only by his humility about the entire process. His new album, I Don't Dance, is a showcase for his painstaking approach to writing and recording, with his distinctive fingerprints clearly emblazoned on every element of the album. While Brice is now known as reliable chart- topping Nashville hit-maker whose 2014 performance on the Academy of Country Music telecast — where he picked up the trophy for “Song of the Year”— "stole the show" (USA Today), there was a time when he was only recognized for his work behind the scenes.

"I couldn’t imagine it being any different than what I heard on the work tape," says Brice. "I said we had to do it live because I didn't want to give myself the option of redoing vocals or piano or bringing in background singers later. They brought the piano out into the main room of Ocean Way Studios [in Nashville], which is an old church, and we took our headphones off, had no click tracks, no drums. It's like they did 50 years ago. We played it four times and the last time was perfect. I took it off the board exactly the way we recorded it and mastered it, and it's my favorite track on the record by far.” Perhaps the most personal song on the album, though, is the title track, which Brice wrote for the first dance at his May 2013 wedding. As with so much of his work, the lyrics are inspired by his undying love for his wife, Sara, but they resonate with a huge audience. Top wedding website The Knot recently selected it for the "Dream Wedding" they threw for a pair of Boston Marathon bombing survivors.

"It's my favorite song I've ever written in my life," says Lee, "and I don’t know that that'll ever change."

With special guests: Lewis Brice and Josh Dorr

Tickets on Sale August 14 at 10AM:

Floor GA (No Seats): $35.00

Sides Reserved: $28.00

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