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Festival of Trees

Tribune photo by Jessica Lovell

Karen Semma, development assistant with St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation, trims a tree with special ornaments for the Festival of Trees fundraiser. As part of this year’s event, people who buy raffle tickets get to take one of the silver snowflakes off the tree as a keepsake and as a thank you for supporting the foundation.

Festive trees light up River Run Centre

People visiting the River Run Centre over the next couple of weeks will notice a seasonal transformation. The centre now features a sparkling forest of Christmas trees, decorated for this year’s Festival of Trees fundraiser.
The annual festival, which supports the St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation, officially opened Wednesday with more than 50 intricately decorated trees lighting up the centre.
People can tour the Christmas tree forest from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and evenings on show nights from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The trees will remain on display until Dec. 9.
“We’re very gratified by the community support we’ve received from all of our sponsors, participants and volunteers,” said health centre foundation president Mary DuQuesnay in a news release. “People look forward to festival every year, and, for many families, it’s become part of their holiday traditions.”
But this year, the festival is also offering a new element. The festival has added two new draws to drum up additional donor support.
The Santa Baby raffle, sponsored by Zak’s Jewellers and Magic 106.1, is offering people the chance to win a diamond ring as well as other great prizes, the release said.
As well, as part of the “CJOY to the World” draw, donors who sign up online for the St. Joe’s foundation’s donors-only newsletter will have a chance to win a pearl necklace from Zak’s Jewellers.
The foundation will use the proceeds from this year’s Festival of Trees to support its St. Joseph’s The Next Generation Capital Campaign, which is raising funds for its Adult Day Program Centre.  The centre offers programs for survivors of acquired brain injury, frail seniors and people living with Alzheimer’s disease.

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