The warm feeling of Christmas is hitting the Northern Lights Health Foundation early this year.
Over the weekend, around 8,000 people across Wood Buffalo attended different events put on by the foundation. This included Ladies Holiday Luncheon, Christmas Family Fun with Santa, Daddy Daughter Sugar Plum Fairy Ball, and the weekend-long Santa’s Workshop.
The NLHF’s annual ‘Festival of Trees’ Gala brought in $640,000 – just short of their all-time record of $665,000 from 2017.
“We are so grateful to our many sponsors, donors, ticket purchasers, guests and volunteers who supported our Festival of Trees this past weekend,” said Cindy Amerongen, Executive Director of the NLHF, in a release.
Despite not setting the overall record, one tree was able to set the single item record.
The ‘Hockey Bros’ tree, which featured equipment from the fundraising efforts of local boys Parker and Cruz Flett,was able to raise $100,000.
“When the dust settled on the competitive bidding – two winners emerged to share the tree rights,” added Amerongen.
The funds will got towards local healthcare.
Over the past 29 years, the ‘Festival of Trees’ gala has raised over $8.5 million.