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FOURTH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES AN UNPRECEDENTED SUCCESS
The St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation would like to announce that the fourth annual Festival of Trees was a huge financial success, making a gross profit of just over $115,000.
The exact use of the money raised will be determined at a board meeting in January and will be used to purchase important equipment and fund imperative services at the St. Joseph`s Hospital. Hospital equipment is expensive, and other than on rare occasions, the government does not supply funding for new equipment; this is the sole purpose for the Hospital Foundation, and the reason we work so hard to ensure that fundraisers such as this are a success. The restructuring of this event by plunging into an additional two events (The Seniors Tea and the Father Daughter Gala), as well as adding two special attractions (The Minion Dance Party and Whoville), was a proven success, and has shown that Estevan now has a true annual Christmas Festival. Planning for the 2017 Festival of Trees will begin in February.
For the first year, this event used an online volunteer system, and needed over 250 volunteers to be successful. The St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation would like to thank everyone who volunteered in any capacity. Volunteers keep Southeast Saskatchewan strong, and without the help of those who give their time, events like this would not be possible. The St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation would also like to thank the City of Estevan for their hard work, partnership and cooperation during this event
This year, the Festival had 4 events packed into 3 days. The event kicked off on Friday with a Seniors Tea, where the guests viewed the Trees and enjoyed live entertainment, tea and Christmas treats. On Friday, the event hosted the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies”, where the Fathers and Daughters entered the magical fairyland, and enjoyed a meal, crafts, activities and performances by the Drewitz School of Dance, including a piece from the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies. The Grinch, Santa and 15 magical Fairies were all in attendance, keeping the girls entertained for the entire evening. On Saturday night, Rory Allen and his 11 piece band put on an outstanding tribute to Elvis, playing many of his hits, as well as infusing Christmas Spirit into the hearts of all in attendance. When Sunday morning rolled around, 1000 people came through the doors to the annual Santa’s Breakfast with the Bruins, where everyone, young and old, were filled with Christmas Spirit.
The St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation would like thank Southeast Saskatchewan for their continued support of healthcare in Estevan. This event will forever be a way for people of all demographics to give back to the community in a way that affects us all; through healthcare. This collaborative effort between the staff at the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, their volunteers, the city of Estevan and many other people was truly a showcase of the community pride that lives in Southeast Saskatchewan.
For more information about this event, please contact Rebecca Cassidy at (306).637.2474
The St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation (Estevan), Inc. was established in 1994. The Foundation has one full time staff person and is governed by a volunteer board of directors. It is a non-profit organization and a registered charity. Its purpose is to allow the hospital to continue to provide the most advanced healthcare possible to this community.