2017 Providence Festival of Trees to benefit Providence Community Health Foundation

Our 26th annual event will honor the history of this outstanding fundraiser as a true community tradition supporting the great work of Providence in southern Oregon.


A historical overview of the Safeway Providence Festival of Trees' support for Providence Medford Medical Center services

2016 – More than $555,000 was raised at the 25th annual Festival of Trees. It was a special year as Festival of Trees honored the tradition and highlighted the first “heritage tree” that was donated back to Providence Community Health Foundation in honor of Noel and Mary Lesley. Festival of Trees also honored another dear supporter, Father Jim Clifford, who retired this year. A special fund for behavioral health was named in his honor and was the focus of the special appeal during the Gala, raising $100,000 for this critical work. This was also the first event held in the newly renovated Medford Armory.

2015 – $546,000 was raised for Providence Community Health Foundation. Three special cause trees were highlighted this year: Mother Gamelin Charity Care, Breast Cancer and Swindells Resource Center. Proceeds of those particular trees went to their respective funds in the foundation. Of note, the paddle call to support Breast Cancer during the auction was the highest ever, raising more than $101,000.

2014 – More than $523,000 was raised through the Festival. Net proceeds will support a new interventional recovery unit at Providence Medford Medical Center. The new IRU will allow patients to receive the most advanced heart and vascular care in a comfortable setting. A special portion of the evening went to support Swindells Resource Center for families who have children with disabilities or special needs. The event had over 20,000 visitors over the weekend and featured the expanded Teddy Bear Hospital.

2013 – The 22nd annual Festival of Trees raised more than $489,000. Net proceeds will support robotic assisted surgery at Providence Medford Medical Center and create a scholarship fund in memory of Dr. Eric Overland.

2012 – The 21st annual Festival of Trees raised more than $487,000. Funds are supporting Providence Palliative Care and the Swindells Resource Center on the Providence Medford Medical Center campus. The palliative care program offers a team of trained experts who support patients living with serious illness or chronic conditions, Providence The Swindells Resource Center, part of Providence Child Center, support parents and caregivers of children who have special needs, developmental delays or disabilities.

2011 – The 20th annual Providence Festival of Trees raised more than $463,000 in support of Providence Spine Institute and its interventional pain management services. Funds were used to purchase special equipment that benefits our patients while helping us exceed state and national standards of care.

2010 – Providence Festival of Trees raised more than $480,000 to support both the Carl Brophy Stroke Program and infusion services at Providence Medford Medical Center. The stroke program received funds for community education and outreach activities, physician and nursing education, and the establishment of the first and only telestroke network in southern Oregon. Funds from the festival included $56,000 raised in honor of Noel Lesley to update the inpatient infusion room at Providence.

2009 – The festival brought in more than $435,000 to support the hospital's Leila J. Eisenstein Breast Center. Proceeds went toward purchasing southern Oregon's first and only breast-specific Dilon gamma imaging camera, which helps doctors detect early-stage cancers based on breast abnormalities found during screening mammograms. A portion of the proceeds was raised specifically for the Sister Therese Kohles Fund for charitable mammography services at Providence.

2008 – The festival raised $408,000 for charity care, helping to ensure that every person who seeks treatment at Providence Medford Medical Center has access to the highest-quality care regardless of his or her ability to pay.

2007 – Providence Festival of Trees raised $533,000 toward the purchase of a da Vinci Robotic Surgical System for Providence Surgical Services. In addition, funds raised during the auction paddle pledges went to the Mother Gamelin Fund,established to meet patients' special needs, such as transportation vouchers, medication vouchers, wheelchairs and walkers.

2006 – An astounding $583,000 was raised for Providence BirthPlace. Funds went toward expanding Providence BirthPlace as well as providing Welcome Baby starter kits for low-income mothers and diapers for children whose parents need assistance.

2005 – The festival brought in a record-breaking $421,000 to purchase cardiac PACS (picture archive communication system) for Providence Medford Medical Center. PACS improves cardiac imaging by replacing still photos with moving pictures of the heart and surrounding blood vessels. These pictures can be stored and shared online with other health care providers within minutes.

2004 – The festival raised $413,000 to enhance the hospital's cancer services. Funds were used to purchase a state-of-the-art high-dose-rate brachytherapy unit, allowing patients to receive high-dose radiation cancer therapy treatment locally rather than having to travel outside the area.

2003 – A phenomenal success, the festival raised more than $417,000 to benefit Providence Breast Center (now the Leila J. Eisenstein Breast Center), which provides comprehensive diagnostic services in one convenient, inviting and private location. Funds were used to decorate the space, purchase state-of-the-art equipment and fund mammograms for those in need.

2002 – The festival raised a record-breaking $348,000 for Providence BirthPlace. The funds went toward the purchase of a new 24-hour central monitoring system for laboring mothers and their babies so that potential complications can be immediately recognized and treated.

2001 – Providence Festival of Trees celebrated its 10th year in successful style, raising more than $294,000 to provide state-of-the-art technology for new surgical suites at Providence Medford Medical Center.

2000 – A record-breaking $277,000 was raised to add a women's diagnostic center, including mammography services, bone density scanning for osteoporosis and other services.

1999 – The festival added a new event, "An Elegant Evening Among the Trees." An incredible $236,000 was raised to support Providence's Senior Services. Funds purchased Lifeline protection for older adults living alone, helped expand the foot care clinic and purchased a new MediVan that increases outreach to rural areas and the growing elderly population.

1998 – The festival raised $185,000 to furnish and equip a library and resource center and to purchase healing images for windowless areas in the new Providence Cancer Center.

1997 – A record-breaking 822 guests attended the dinner and auction. They raised $186,000 to redesign the hospital's emergency department in order to provide faster service for non-emergency patients and privacy for families in crisis.

1996 – The festival raised a record $202,000 to purchase a mammography machine for the diagnostic imaging department at Providence Medford Medical Center.

1995 – The festival moved to the Medford Armory where 650 people attended the dinner and auction. More than 10,000 people enjoyed the public event, viewing beautiful trees, wreaths, stockings and banners while enjoying live entertainment. More than $158,000 was raised to add a critical care waiting room at Providence Medford Medical Center and to remodel four rooms in the intensive care unit for patients who require longer stays.

1994 – The Jackson County Expo was transformed into a "Winter Village" for the festival. Shining lights lined the park paths and surrounded the trees, and the Town Square featured an ice castle complete with a Snow Queen for children. The festival raised $160,000 to benefit Providence Rehabilitation Services, providing funds for the Brain Injury Patient Care Fund and renovation of the therapy pool.

1993 – The festival returned to Studio C of KOBI television with a stunning display of 34 trees and a children's playhouse, More than 5,000 visitors attended the events. A raffle tree added to the excitement, and donors raised more than $163,000 for a new MediVan to transport disabled people to medical appointments, and for Lifeline protection for older adults living alone.

1992 – The first Providence Festival of Trees was held in Studio C of KOBI television station. With 3,000 visitors, the three-day event featured beautifully decorated trees, entertainment, a gift shop and Christmas cookies at the Tea Time station. The festival generated more than $63,000 for Hospice of Providence, providing CADD pumps for pain relief and respite care for families and caregivers.