2012 Providence Festival of Trees benefits palliative care and Swindells Resource Center

December 17, 2012

The 2012 Providence Festival of Trees in southern Oregon was a wonderful success, grossing more than $487,100 thanks to the enormous support of our community. The event would not be possible without the help of hundreds of volunteers, dozens of Christmas tree designers and sponsors and the many donors who gave so generously from the heart. 

Proceeds from the five-day event – held Nov. 28 through Dec. 2, 2012 – will support Providence Palliative Care and Swindells Resource Center of Southern Oregon. According to Providence Community Health Foundation Executive Director Jodi Barnard, “Of the Festival’s net proceeds, funds will be used for clinician training, community provider outreach and program staff support of Providence Palliative Care program, which provides comprehensive care for those living with a serious or chronic condition.”

Barnard notes that $35,600 was raised during the auction’s paddle call specifically to benefit Swindells Resource Center, which serves families of children with special needs.  The resource center is located within Providence Medical Group-Medford Pediatrics.  

“With tough times facing our community, we were so pleased to maintain such strong support for the Providence Mission and its long-standing commitment to caring for the poor and vulnerable,” continues Barnard. “The history of the Festival sustains the event, and we are proud to be a part of our valley’s holiday experience year after year.”

2012 Highlights:

• 2012 Festival Favorite: Lorax, designed by Dr. Bruce Logan and his staff at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Center of Oregon. This is the same team that created last year’s favorite, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
• Highest selling tree: Wreck the Halls, designed by Sharon Rajagopal, Vicky Arne and Debbie Anderson. This tree is now entertaining the boys at the Lithia Springs Boys Home in Ashland. A wonderful gift of the holidays made possible by Doug Flow of Mid Rogue Independent Physician Association.
• The annual Holiday Party on Thursday, Nov. 29, entertained more than 600 guests who enjoyed tastes from Rogue Valley restaurants, brewers and vintners and danced to The Colonel Mustard Band.
• The 4th Annual Evening of Giving reached out to more than 1,100 children in need and their families and foster families who might not otherwise have had a Christmas. “Since 2009, support for this event has grown so much and come directly from so many individuals and businesses in our community,” says Foundation Executive Director Jodi Barnard. “The Evening of Giving continues to create memories for kids and families – it’s a night created especially for kids who wouldn’t otherwise have a Christmas.” Invitations were distributed to children and families in need through community service agencies including Community Health Center, Community Works, Family Nurturing Center, Kids Unlimited and CASA. Guests were treated to photos with Santa, food, crafts, games and prizes. Each child was given a book, a toy and a bag of special treats.
• 16 hours of Public Viewing hit a record high, selling out of all printed tickets on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. with two hours left for viewing. Saturday was the highest number in attendance ever!
• 14 of the 38 large elaborately decorate trees purchased at the auction were donated to local nonprofit agencies, including Dunn House, Children’s Advocacy Center, Community Works and the VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics, along with an entire sleigh filled with toys that was gifted to CASA.
• Extended nighttime public viewing on Saturday evening included a concert by the Siskiyou Violins. Live entertainment by a host of community-based performers filled the three days of public viewing.