The Northern Lights Health Foundation was able to raise a record amount of funds from its annual Festival of Trees.
Over the weekend, around 8,000 people across Wood Buffalo attended different events put on by the foundation – helping raise $665,000.
People were given a chance to enjoy the Festival Gala, Ladies Holiday Luncheon, Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, Christmas Family Fun with Santa, Santa’s Workshop, Daddy Daughter Sugar Plum Fairy Ball, Gift Shops and local entertainment.
The money will be used to help improve local health care.
“We are so pleased to see the level of support from our community. Thousands of children and parents had fun creating gifts at Santa’s Workshop, repaired bears at the Teddy Bear Hospital, shopped in the Christmas Gift Shop and visited with Santa. The adults went crazy with the Ugly Christmas Sweaters, bought lots of raffle tickets and were very generous bidders at the live and silent auctions, “said Cindy Amerongen, Executive Director of the NLHF, in a release.
The majority of the funds were raised through the Gala Tree Auction. The event sold 33 trees for $454,000.
“Totally outstanding,” says Melanie Antoine, Chair of the Health Foundation’s Board of Directors. “That’s how I would sum up the whole Festival of Trees event right from the early planning by the organizing committee to the very last minute of the Sugar Plum Fairy Ball which closed off this year’s events.”
The Festival Trees has been around for 28-years and over that time nearly $8 million has been raised for the NLHF.