Northwestel Festival of Trees Raises $500K


Whitehorse, Yukon – The 2013 Northwestel Festival of Trees concluded in Whitehorse over the weekend, raising $500,000 for the Yukon Hospital Foundation.

In its eleventh year, the Festival is the Foundation’s annual signature fundraising event and brings together hundreds of sponsors, volunteers and businesses to raise funds for Yukon hospitals.

The Festival kicked off with the ever-popular Capstone Mining BAH Humbug and Skookum Asphalt Santa Breakfast. Mid-week continental breakfasts were delivered around town through the Season’s Eatings! breakfast delivery presented by Outside the Cube. The Multicultural Community Open House welcomed more than 700 Yukoners to a showcase of local talent amidst the magical trees and wreaths donated by local businesses, and the Festival capped off with the glitter and glamour of the Seniors’ Soiree and Alkan Air Grand Ball. This year, the Foundation also added a Preview Lunch featuring the Whitehorse Community Choir and the Northern Lights School of Dance.

Christmas trees were sent to Johnson Elementary School in Watson Lake and Robert Service School in Dawson City, along with craft supplies for making ornaments. Students from Johnson Elementary are holding a tree-decorating event on December 5 and students from Robert Service will be decorating their tree Friday, December 6. The trees will adorn the schools’ halls until winter break, when they will be moved to the community hospitals for the holidays.

Proceeds from the Northwestel Festival of Trees and the Direct Mail Appeal will be directed towards equipment doctors and nurses have identified will improve patient safety, comfort and care from the moment they enter the hospital until they return home.  The Yukon Hospital Foundation Direct Mail Appeal will continue through to 2014. One hundred percent of all donations made through the Direct Mail Appeal will go to purchase hospital equipment.

“The support of the community has been just incredible,” said Yukon Hospital Foundation Chair Curtis Shaw. “Over the past few weeks we have had the privilege of sharing this Festival with our exceptionally generous corporate community, the incredibly creative individuals that donated and decorated trees and wreaths, tireless volunteers, amazingly talented musicians and dancers and the thousands of Yukoners who came out to our events. This has truly been a community effort that is making a tremendous impact on the very best health care right here, close to home. Thank you to everyone involved.”

For more information contact:
Krista Prochazka
President, Yukon Hospital Foundation
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