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Festival of Trees raises nearly $820,000 for children

Published December 21, 2015

Beautiful trees, sparkling wreaths and holiday cheer filled the Tulalip Resort for the 30th annual Festival of Trees event during the first week of December. The weeks' worth of events included an Opening Night reception, open house community day, a magnificent Gala and the notorious Teddy Bear Breakfast.

With the help of each and every person who attended or sponsored the 30th annual Festival of Trees, Providence General Foundation raised a record high nearing $820,000, which will be used towards children's services. Lori Kloes, executive director of Providence General Foundation explains her thankfulness, "The generosity and compassion we witnessed during the week-long event was overwhelming and inspiring and speaks to the incredible community we live in. We are so very grateful."

Every year during the Gala live auction, attendees are given the opportunity to donate to the Fund-a-Need campaign. The proceeds raised during Fund-a-Need goes to a specific project surrounding children's services at Providence. This year's need was to raise money to build a cover over the playground outside the Children's Center so the kids can exercise and play year-round, no matter the weather conditions. After the Fund-a-Need video played, guests began raising their paddles and tears started welling in Christie Tipton's eyes. "The gala is not just a night of glitter and  fundraising but a renewal of spirit to help those that are less fortunate in our lives. I am in awe and terribly moved as I watch the giving of gifts and sharing of resources. Thank you to each and every one of you who made the spirit bright," says Christie, manager of the Children's Center.

Thanks to the help and support of many, the Children's Center playground will soon be a nice dry space for kids all year round.