October 21st, 2020

Sakamotos add incentive for ‘wish tree’


By Kuhl, Nick on November 19, 2019.

Nick Kuhl

Lethbridge Herald

nkuhl@lethbridgeherald.com

Ron and Joyce Sakamoto are providing another incentive for this week’s Christmas Tree Festival.

The Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation, the Lethbridge Public School Division and the University of Lethbridge Bookstore are collaborating on the seasonal event, with the gala tree auction set for Wednesday at the Enmax Centre lounge.

For the wish tree, where students wrote wishes on more than 1,600 ribbons, the Sakamotos are contributing two VIP tickets to Johnny Reid’s Christmas concert at the Enmax Centre on Dec. 8. They will include a meet and greet with Reid, Ron Sakamoto told The Herald.

“We’re hoping some new people come out to bid on the trees,” he said. “This is an extra incentive for whoever buys the tree.”

This year’s “wish tree”-themed tree concept was spearheaded by the school system’s “One District One Book” committee. More books, a Pronghorns jersey, activity passes, theatre tickets – and a pass for introductory climbing lessons at the U of L climbing centre – will also be under the tree.

The fundraising tree auction will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $80 and proceeds will help redevelop the hospital’s mental health facilities.

Reid’s coming concert tour, which began Monday and has sold out 15 of 22 dates in Canada so far, has less than 100 unsold tickets left for Lethbridge, Sakamoto added.

“The VIP tickets are great seats, by the way,” he said.

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