The Spirit of the North’s Festival of Trees Organizing Committee has some big plans for the 22nd annual event to celebrate Prince George’s 100th birthday. This annual event helps raise funds for equipment and enhancements that help to bring the best of care closer to home for patients in the North.
“We want to do something extra special as 2015 is a huge year for our city,” event coordinator Shirli-Gene Sadowick said. “In an effort to carry on the local centennial celebrations we feel setting a goal of having 100 decorated trees displayed was a perfect way to mark the occasion. New this year is a 5 foot tree option which will allow small business and organizations a chance to be part of Festival. Tree Sponsorships are already underway; with 10 trees already confirmed, only 90 to go!”
Once again, the Prince George Civic Centre will be transformed into a holiday wonderland from November 20-29. Spirit of the North offers this event as an annual tradition for many people and this year’s attendees will see a few new features.
“We are looking at ways to make Festival more interactive, so attendees can expect to see things like some artisan demos and story time with Santa. Of course the popular Gift Shoppe, Gala Auction Evening, Fashion Show and Children’s Workshop will be featured again this year as well” says Sadowick.
The Festival has grown substantially since its first year in 1994, becoming the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, with all proceeds supporting the not for profit organization. A total of nearly $550,000 was raised during last year’s festival, and more than $3.5 million has been raised for healthcare in the North through this magical event.
Proceeds from Festival go towards healthcare equipment, enhancements, education and training. The event supports the Spirit of the North’s mandate of bringing the best of care close to home in the North, and is a way for the Foundation to show support for its donors. Without them, it wouldn’t be possible.
Volunteers play an integral role in the festival’s success. Sadowick heads a committee of about 33 dedicated individuals while hundreds of volunteers contribute time. Last year’s fundraising total was generated through the generosity of donors and sponsors, and the efforts of more than 600 volunteers who gave more than 14,750 hours.
If you’re interested in volunteering, sponsoring a tree or learning more about Festival, please call the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation office at 250-565-2515 or email