Written by Jaimee Green, NEMHS
The Northeast Montana Health Services Charitable Foundation’s Festival of the Trees began last year as an event to support the foundation in raising funds for the hospitals of NEMHS.
Additionally, it’s also a festive addition to the holiday lineup of events taking place in Wolf Point during the Christmas season.
“The foundation would love to see this event grow to become a significant holiday tradition in our community, with adults and children coming to see the beautifully decorated trees that are donated and sponsored by individuals and businesses,” said Beth Pickthorn, executive director for the foundation.
This year, talented local designers and volunteers will again transform the former Bryan’s building on Main Street into a winter wonderland of exquisitely decorated Christmas trees that will be drawn for at the end of the evening. The proceeds from the fundraiser drawing will benefit the foundation and the hospitals of Poplar and Wolf Point.
The foundation has received over a dozen trees and wreaths from businesses, organizations and individuals that will be part of the display and raffle event. Those who donated an entry will have their tree or wreath displayed with their name on it and have their names recognized in the local newspaper as a charitable sponsor.
Donated entries should to be ready for setup anytime between Nov. 22 and Dec. 4.
Tis the season of giving and this year the foundation has added one more specialty to their event. This year there will be a toy drive with a “Giving Tree” set up at the Festival of Trees. The foundation encourages the public to assist them in gathering gently used or new, unwrapped toys and items.
Once collected, they will be given to the local Child Family Services office for Roosevelt County. Ages for items range from zero to 17 years.
“As a group, the board members of the NEMHS Charitable Foundation wanted to give back to the community this Christmas. Our mission statement is “Bridging Healthcare and Community” and what better time to do that than Christmas. We would like to spread joy with a toy to every child” said Rosie Kurokawa, vice chairperson for the NEMHS Charitable Foundation.
This holiday extravaganza is held in conjunction with the City of Wolf Point’s Christmas “Parade of Lights” held on Friday, Dec. 6. It will offer a fun-filled kaleidoscope of holiday sights, sounds and scents, you won’t forget. There will also be an opportunity to have photos taken with Santa. Photos will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. with ticket sales and toys for the Giving Tree starting at 1 p.m. that same day.
Nemont is once again donating their photography services to the foundation. The foundation would like the community to know that Nemont does not benefit financially from these photos, but that the fee for the Santa photo assists the foundation in reaching their yearly charitable goals.
The decorated trees will be on window display downtown for people to see the week before the parade.