Trees will be on display around town from Dec. 1 to Dec. 7
The Festival of Trees is one of the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation’s
longest-running fundraisers and has become a tradition that kicks off
the holiday season for the Health Foundation and the city of The Dalles.
This year, the Festival of Trees is being re-envisioned as a virtual event
to keep the community safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our team has worked really hard to ensure the virtual event captures
the spirit of the season,” said Amanda Evans, Executive Director
of the Health Foundation. “Of course we’re disappointed that
we are unable to hold a live event, but we believe the community is going
to really like the alternative program that we have put together.”
Here is how the 2021 Festival of Trees will work:
As always, adorned trees will be donated by community members and business
to help the Health Foundation raise money in support of local cancer patients
and Celilo Cancer Center. The decorated trees will be prominently displayed
at various locations around town and online (on
the Health Foundation web page) from Dec. 1 to Dec. 7.
Rather than an auction, money will be raised by way of a direct donation.
Each tree will be displayed with a QR code and website address that patrons
can use to make a donation online. Community members and businesses who
have been involved with Festival of Trees in the past will receive a brochure
in the mail that includes mail-in instructions for their convenience.
The Health Foundation will be releasing the business names and locations
where the trees can be viewed later this month.
“We encourage you to have fun admiring the trees in the various locations
and enjoy the holiday atmosphere,” said Evans. “We also encourage
you to take a moment to go online make a donation to this important cause.
Donations of all sizes are welcome.”
Proceeds from the 2021 Festival of Trees will support the Celilo Cancer
Center Fund and the purchase of a new linear accelerator for radiation
therapy. The Celilo Cancer Center Fund aids cancer patients throughout
their treatment in the form of gas cards, massages, wigs and other integrated
therapies. A new linear accelerator will improve the already world-class
care offered at Celilo Cancer Center.
At the conclusion of the event, the decorated trees will be donated to
local organizations to continue spreading holiday cheer throughout the
community. “We’ve already had several of our sponsors sign
up again this year, even without a typical event happening,” said
Evans. “We are so grateful to our committed sponsors, CSS Consulting,
Columbia State Bank, Human Investing, First Interstate Bank and Cascade
Sotheby's International Realty. It says a lot about how much each
of them care about this community.”
Sponsorship opportunities are still available, call the Health Foundation
at 541-296-7275 for more information. Other giving opportunities will
be announced soon, including a community tree, a toy drive and a school
supply drive. Send an email to
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