The Checkup - Winter 2015/2016 - Page 2

The Checkup WINTER 2015/2016 Festival of Trees shines bright With the community’s support, Northern Lights Health Foundation broke records with more than $549,000 (net) raised at the 2015 Festival of Trees this past November. For the first time in 26 years, the live auction raised $409,000, all three ticketed events were sold out in advance and a tree donated by Finning (Canada) sold for $55,000! The three-day Festival included the Ladies Holiday Luncheon, Family Skating Party, Tracy Shulko, Danielle Fleming, Trevor Sheppard, Kevin Shulko and Priscilia Barbosa enjoying themselves at the sold out Ugly Christmas Sweater Party! Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, Gala, Christmas Family Fun with Santa and a weekend-long Santa’s Workshop and Gift Shop. Funds support new medical equipment, programs and services in the Wood Buffalo region. “We’re blown away be the success of Festival in light of these current economic times.” “We’re thrilled by how well the Festival was received by our community,” says Melanie Antoine, Chair of the Health Foundation’s Board of Directors. “The East Coast band, Signal Hill rock the stage at the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. event continues to grow year after year, with new and returning faces. We cannot thank our community spirit!” says Susanne Chaffey, Executive Director of the members enough for helping us achieve a record Health Foundation. breaking year!” The annual Festival has raised more than $6.5 million “We’re blown away by the success of Festival in light for local health care and over 30,000 volunteer hours of these current economic times. Our community have been invested by thousands of community continues to demonstrate its resilient and generous members.