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Festival Of Trees – A Kick Off To The Holiday Season


Published on 12/1/2013
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Mid-Columbia Health Foundation staff is busy preparing for the Festival of Trees.  “This is probably my favorite event” stated Foundation Executive Director, Celeste Hill-Thomas, “for me, it’s the kick-off to the holiday season.”  The Festival of Trees, in its 18th year will take place at The Dalles Civic Auditorium the first Friday in December. Again this year, Columbia State Bank has stepped up as Presenting Sponsor for the event, with Fred Meyer sponsoring Community Day.

Festival of Trees consists of a live tree auction and silent auction on Friday, December 6th beginning at 6:00 PM. Each tree, donated by various community members and groups comes fully decorated in many different themes and in an assortment of sizes.  Items in the silent auction range from group experiences, traditional holiday decorations and themed gift baskets. This portion of the Festival of Trees is 21 and over however, Community Day is free and open to people of all ages beginning at 9:00 AM Saturday, December 7th and ending at noon.  Santa will be on site for photos with the little ones!

“This event really showcases the talented, compassionate people in our community,” said Hill-Thomas, “it’s touching to see so many individuals, businesses and organizations come together to work towards a common goal.”  Proceeds from Festival of Trees are divided between two funds within the Foundation; the Celilo Cancer Center Fund and the Breast Health for Strong Families Fund.  To register a tree for this event download a form from donate.mcmc.net.  Register today, only 32 available spots.  For more information on Festival of Trees please contact the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation, call 541-296-7275, email mchf@mcmc.net or find us on the web at donate.mcmc.net.

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