The 5th annual Festival of Trees is being called a 'huge financial success' by the St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation.
Raking in just over $142,000 dollars, through a series of 4 events squeezed into 3 days, the proceeds will go towards important equipment and service upgrades in the hospital.
"We couldn't be more thrilled with the amount of money we raised. We're very grateful to everybody who came and attended the events, donated, sponsored. Without the financial backing from our guests, it wouldn't have been possible," expressed Foundation Executive Director Becky Cassidy.
"We always try and raise more each year than the year before. Last year we raised $109,000, and we passed that substantially, so we're very happy with that."
The specific direction of the funds will be decided upon in a meeting in January. In the meantime, the organizers are basking in the overall support from the community.
"We're just really grateful for all the volunteers who came out and helped. It takes 150 positions to fill this. The 4H Outram club helped us out a lot with the set up and tear down, and then we had numerous volunteers at all of our events. Without that support, occasions like this wouldn't be possible," said Cassidy.
She also noted that the main entertainment, the Regina based Tilted Kilts, were a great addition to the festivities.
"They were so much fun, and everybody had a really amazing time. Their energy really got the crowd up and running, and I think that had a direct reflection in our auction sales. The atmosphere was amazing with the Celtic theme, and we're just really grateful they came out and were a part of our event."
Looking ahead to the next run, Cassidy noted that it will be held on the same dates as this last round, and they are already ready to begin planning in June of 2018.