A Memorial in Sartell

Angel of Hope

Angel of Hope on Lake Francis

Bri’s Lodge has worked with the city of Sartell to place an Angel of Hope on Lake Francis in Sartell, MN. The Angel of Hope is a sculpture of a beautiful angel with its wings spread and face gazing heavenward. This angel has been placed where individuals can come together to grieve the loss of their loved one. 

The Angel Story

The Christmas Box Angel of Hope was first introduced to the world in the international best-selling book and hit television movie “The Christmas Box,” written by Richard Paul Evans. Inspired by the book, the original Angel of Hope statue was dedicated on December 6th, 1994, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Since the placement of this first statue, it has become known as a place of hope and healing for anyone who has suffered the loss of a child. Each year, individuals and agencies supporting grieving parents sponsor new statues to be placed throughout the world.

Angel Of Hope

Angel of Hope Paver Sponsorship

Pavers are a great way to recognize a person, business, achievement, or community group near the Angel of Hope Statue. Pavers are 4″ x 8″ in size and may be purchased any time throughout the year. Installations usually take place in the summer and fall.

Paver Information:

  • Recognition Paver will accommodate 15 characters per line and three lines max.
  • No logos are permitted on a paver.
  • Public Works Department must approve paver messages.

Tree Sponsorship

Trees are a great way to honor a loved one and also be friendly to the environment. Trees may be purchased anytime through the city; however, they are only planted in the Spring or Fall. An approved species will be chosen based on the planting site, and a recognition plaque will be installed at planting. Deciduous trees will be approximately 2″ in diameter, and evergreens will be 5 to 6 feet in height. The sponsorship of a tree includes purchasing and installing a tree, plaque, and one replacement tree, if needed, within the first five years.

Plaque Information:

  • Recognition Plaque will accommodate 15 characters per line and three lines max.
  • No logos are permitted on the plaque.
  • Public Works Department must approve plaque messages.

Bench Sponsorship

Benches are another great way to commemorate a person or event and also enhance the aesthetics of the City’s park and trail system. Benches must be purchased through the City of Sartell and can be done so anytime throughout the year. Installations of the benches will happen only in the summer and fall. There are two types of benches to choose from, and each bench will include a recognition plaque. The total sponsorship of a bench consists of the bench, concrete base, plaque, and installation.

Plaque Information:

  • Recognition Plaque will accommodate 30 characters per line and two lines max.
  • No logos are permitted on the plaque.
  • Public Works Department must approve plaque messages.


Can I buy my own tree/paver/bench to be installed?

The City of Sartell will not accept privately purchased trees, pavers, or benches.



Can I pick the location of my tree/bench?

The Public Works Department will determine where the trees and benches are placed within the park system. Still, every effort will be made to accommodate the donor’s preferred location for trees and benches. The donor may cancel the donation if a site can’t be agreed upon in advance.

Do I own the paver/tree/bench?

Plaques are symbolic of the donation and do not entitle the donor to ownership of the particular donated element.


Is there a warranty on the tree/bench?

The City of Sartell does not guarantee the lifespan of a tree donation past one replacement within the first five years. The benches have a 5-year warranty on product defects only, deemed as such solely by the manufacturer.

Is there anything else I should know?

  • Complete funding for the donation must be processed before the commencement of any work.
  • Prices are subject to periodic revision.
  • This program covers only tree, bench, and paver donations.  A donor requesting any other donation, dedication, or memorial must apply to the Public Works Department.

What if I have more questions?

If you have any questions regarding the memorial program, please call the Public Works Department. All applications are reviewed for appropriateness and subject to approval.

john@sartellmn.com | (320) 258-7339

We are here to answer any other questions that you might have regarding the Angel of Hope.

info@brislodge.com | (320) 217-2029

Honor a loved one, commemorate a special event or make a donation to beautify Sartell by purchasing a bench, tree, or paver to be placed in the City's Park System.

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