The 17th annual Festival of Trees has come and gone and The Lung Association, Great Lakes Power Transmission and their partners were very pleased with all aspects of the event. Christmas lovers of all ages visited the festival between November 20th and 23rd at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre. They enjoyed the trees, participated in the auction and tried their luck at the raffles. Over 200 people were on hand for the RBC Royal Bank Take 5 on Thursday evening. The festivities continued long into the evening with The EZ Rock Coffee House. Youngsters enjoyed the Kiwanis Activities Centre and Christmas shopping in the Agero “Secret Shop”. At the Station Mall, 500 guests participated in The Festival of Trees, “Breakfast with Santa”, sponsored by the Station Mall Merchants Association. All proceeds from this event also support The Lung Association.
As part of the Festival, guests were asked to vote for their favourite tree. This year’s winning entry was entered by Arthur’s Funeral Home; “Northern Lights” certainly caught the attention of all the guests. Second place with a tie went to Canadian Tire “Elegant Fusion” and Algoma University “Hark! Ye Olde Evergreen of Learning.” Third place went to Great Lakes Power with “Enchanted Forest.” Fourth was by Breaking Away “A Frozen Holiday Wish” and fifth place went to Paint & Decor Concepts with a tree called “Frostbitten.”
On Monday November 25th participants who purchased a gem off of the Savoy’s Diamond Tree visited Savoy’s downtown location to see if they had chosen the diamond. Marilyn Schatzler of Sault Ste. Marie chose gem number 17 and she was the lucky winner. This year the diamonds were sold out by Friday afternoon.
Funds generated by the Festival of Trees will support Lung Association community programs and research for another year. The event generated over $70,000 in revenue for The Lung Association. Without the assistance of the many community organizations, businesses and volunteers that participated and supported The Lung Association, the Festival would not have been possible.
The Lung Association extends its sincerest thanks to sponsors, donors, volunteers and guests of The Festival of Trees. It is with this support that The Lung Association will continue in its mission “To Improve Lung Health”.