The Mid-Columbia Health Foundation has announced that Columbia River Bank will be the presenting sponsor again for this year's annual Festival of Trees.
"We've been the presenting sponsor for the past 12 years and we are excited to take part once again." said Shawn Carroll, senior vice president, The Dalles retail market manager. "It is part of our goal to give back to our community with an event that is both enjoyable and raises funds for important causes. The Festival of Trees supports important programs that enable members of Mid-Columbia communities to receive the healthcare they need without having to leave the area."
The festival, which takes place Friday and Saturday, December 5th and 6th at The Civic Auditorium, includes a Christmas tree auction and free community day.
"The Festival of Trees has evolved into a wonderful winter tradition in our community," said Anne Copper, the health foundation's project coordinator. "We are thrilled with the commitment from Columbia River Bank again this year."
Proceeds from this year's Festival of Trees events will support the foundation's Next Century Campaign and Celilo Cancer Center. The auction on Friday, December 5th will be set among 35 Christmas trees which have been lavishly decorated by volunteer tree trimmers. The trees will be auctioned off to benefit the fundraising campaign.
On Saturday December 6th, a full day of family activities is planned, including the Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast, Christmas entertainment by Gorge Jazz and a visit with Santa sponsored by SMART. New this year will be a Philanthropy fair with over 20 local non profits, providing information on their programs.
"We're very excited about this year's festival," added Copper. "All of the events will make for a wonderful celebration. And, the funds raised will help enhance the quality and breadth of healthcare services available locally."
For more information on the Festival of Trees or to register to decorate a tree for this event please contact the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation at 541/296-7275.