Our History

TREES OF HOPE HISTORY

1990

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2009

2018

2021

2021

Trees of Hope
Founded

First
Holiday Gala

Bi-Annual
Shoe Event

Moms Matter

Toy Store
Program 

To Date:
$11.1 Million to

Star of Hope

Trees of Hope Jr.

Trees of Hope was founded in 1990 by Carloss Morris, a long-time friend and donor of Star of Hope.  He established Trees of Hope as a non-profit with the specific purpose to conduct fundraising activities for the exclusive benefit of Star of Hope, Houston's largest agency for the homeless.

Trees of Hope began as a 4-day festival of trees located in the lobby of the downtown Enterprise Plaza. The focal point was the decorated Christmas trees which created a Christmas wonderland. The honorary chair was then First Lady Barbara Bush and a little more than $45,000 was donated to Star of Hope.

The following year, 1991, the event was moved to the Westin Galleria where tickets were sold for $3 apiece for people of all ages to come and enjoy the week-long festival. In addition to trees, there was a gingerbread village and entertainment by children's choirs. Houston socialite and philanthropist Lynn Wyatt became the honorary chair, a position she has held for the last 29 years.

The following year, 1991, the event was moved to the Westin Galleria where tickets were sold for $3 apiece for people of all ages to come and enjoy the week-long festival. In addition to trees, there was a gingerbread village and entertainment by children's choirs. Houston socialite and philanthropist Lynn Wyatt became the honorary chair, a position she has held for the last 29 years.