Providence O'Christmas Trees Raises Record $1.1 Million To Benefit Seniors and Poor in the Community
December 05, 2011
SEATTLE — Beautifully decorated Christmas trees loaded with toys and gifts raised a record $1.1 million at the 27th annual Providence O’Christmas Trees’ gala dinner and auction, which supports healthcare, housing and hospice provided by Providence Health & Service’s Senior and Community Services.
The annual event, held Nov. 30 at The Westin Seattle, brought Providence O’Christmas Trees’ total fundraising effort for the year to $1.1 million, including in-kind donations.
Some 840 guests attended the sold-out event, which has become Seattle’s premier kick-off to the holiday season. Noted Seattle chef Thierry Rautureau, owner of Rover’s and LUC French restaurants, served as Presenting Artist and generously donated a wine-themed tree with Mad Hatter’s Dinner Party, along with other tempting items for donors to buy.
Event chairs John and Diane Sabey, back for a second year, urged guests to give generously to those less fortunate served by Providence Senior and Community Services. They brought four generations of the Sabey family to the event and stressed their sincere commitment to the mission of Providence. “With your generous support we will be able to continue our vital services to our community, and create a direct impact on other people’s lives,” Diane told the crowd.
The enthusiastic crowd donated a record $240,000 to the Providence “Chuck Hawley Wonderful Life Fund” newly named in honor of long-time Providence executive Charles Hawley, who passed away in 2011. The fund helps support the programs that go above and beyond traditional care for those served by Providence Senior and Community Services. Majdi Daher, owner of presenting sponsor Denali Advanced Integration, and his wife Dana, kicked off the generosity by donating $25,000 to the fund.
“Each year I am humbled by the generosity of so many. Because of everyone’s support more elders and others in our community will get the care they need,” said Patricia Szabo, director of Providence Senior and Community Services Special Events.
Bidders captured the holiday spirit by offering thousands of dollars for each of the 16 trees up for auction. Among the top selling trees were “Time for Santa,” a traditional tree staring different versions of Santa from around the world, and “Where Friends are Made,” featuring toys and children’s gifts given to designer Eduardo Khawam in honor of his 40th birthday. Seattle developer David Sabey and businessmen Tom DuBrul and Bob Hutnik joined together to buy the trees, which they donated to charities that will display them and then give the toys to children who would otherwise go without toys at Christmas.
KING-TV anchorman Dennis Bounds, back for his 9th year, served as master of ceremonies of the gala.
Providence Health & Services is a not-for-profit organization and ministry of the Sisters of Providence that has provided health, housing and supportive care services for people in the Puget Sound area for 155 years. Funds raised at O’Christmas Trees will be used to enhance the lives of those in need through healthcare, housing and hospice. Programs and services include Providence ElderPlace, Heritage House at the Market, Providence Hospice of Seattle, Providence Home Services, Providence Marianwood, Providence Infusion and Pharmacy Services, Providence Supportive Housing and Providence Mount St. Vincent, all located in King County. For more information about Providence Senior and Community Services, go to www.providence.org/pscs.