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Numbers released for Festival of Trees

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St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation executive director Becky Conly accepts a cheque from Andrew Arsky, the franchisee for the Microtel Inns and Suites by Wyndham in Estevan. (Photo submitted)

The numbers have been tabulated for the St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation's inaugural Festival of Trees.

The event, which was held at the Wylie-Mitchell building in Estevan in late November, posted about $44,000 in net income, which will be used to purchase much-needed medical equipment at the hospital.

"This event was a huge success." said foundation executive director Becky Conly. "The main goal of this event was to raise awareness about the hospital foundation; what it does and how it aids the hospital. The secondary goal, of course, was to raise funds for our capital wish list that is now over $500,000.

"We surpassed both goals, and the success of the inaugural year of this event will ensure the growth and expansion of the Festival of Trees for years to come."

Southeast Saskatchewan is home to many businesses and individuals who have been very generous with their support, Conly said, and that support allows the foundation to meet the growing needs of the hospital.

A family day on November 29 featured a scavenger hunt, a bake sale, a visit from Santa Claus, children's crafts, live entertainment, and the start of the silent auction for about a dozen trees. More than 600 people attended the family day.

A fundraising banquet on November 30 featured a turkey dinner, a performance by Canadian comedy musical group the Arrogant Worms, and live and silent auctions. Christmas trees were available in both the live and silent auction. Trips and other items were in the live auction.

Conly noted that many different organizations in the community volunteered during the Festival of Trees to help make it a success.


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