October 20th, 2020

Christmas Tree Festival raises more than $160K for CRH Foundation

By Mabell, Dave on November 22, 2019.

Lethbridge Herald

Lethbridge-area individuals and businesses showed their generosity once again, when this year’s Christmas Tree Festival wrapped up Wednesday.

The 24 colourfully decorated trees and other donated items were auctioned during a festive event which raised more than $160,000, organizers say.

“Once again we are blown away by the support shown to us by the individuals and business in Lethbridge and surrounding area. We really can’t thank them enough,” says Jason VandenHoek, executive director of the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation.

“There was a great deal of excitement around this year’s auction and we had an amazing evening.”

The gala event, presented by Stringam LLP, raises funds each year for hospital foundation projects. All of the funds raised will stay in Lethbridge, he says, earmarked to support ongoing renovations and redevelopment of the hospital’s mental health wing.

More than 5,000 people visited the festival, held in the Canadian Western Bank Lounge in the Enmax Centre, before they were purchased Wednesday – with many then donated to local organizations. The Interfaith Food Bank, Chinook Regional Hospital, Ecole Agnes Davidson School and St. Paul School are among those recipients.

VandenHoek says themes developed on this year’s trees included “Blast from the Past,” “12 Days of Christmas,” “The Peacock” and “Music of the Season.”

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