Third Annual Tree Festival aims to spread holiday cheer and raise funds for medical equipment – ​​Terrace Standard

The third annual Dr. REM Lee Hospital Foundation Tree Festival will return to the Heritage Park Museum this month, after going virtual last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

People in Terrace can visit the museum on Friday, November 19 from 4-7 p.m. or Saturday, November 20 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. to take a photo with a vintage Nordic Santa and enter a raffle for mini- decorated trees.

Staff from various departments at Mills Memorial Hospital were asked to take a miniature tree and decorate it. A total of 20 of these trees will be on display at the festival for the public to win in a draw.

Admission is $2 per day and raffle tickets are priced at three for $10 or one for $5. There are also five life-size corporate trees worth up to $1,000 each up for grabs, as well as specially selected First Nations artwork that can be bid on-site.

There will also be hot apple cider and cookies by donation.

All proceeds from the event will go towards a $188,845 StealthStation ENT Imaging Guidance System, which will bring a surgical rhinology (nose and sinus) service to Northwestern British Columbia for the first time.

Last year, the Festival of Trees was canceled the day before it opened when Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s Chief Public Health Officer, introduced sweeping new COVID-19 restrictions.

The DREM Lee Hospital Foundation changed its plans at the last minute and launched an online auction, raising nearly $30,000. This helped the foundation achieve its goal of purchasing a $211,000 echocardiogram ultrasound for Mills Memorial Hospital.

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