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For Immediate Release
Monday, Nov. 21, 2016

The Health Foundation’s Festival of Trees, presented by Syncrude Canada Ltd. raises $595,000 (net)!

Fort McMurray, Alberta – This past weekend, 140 sponsors, 250 volunteers and 7,000 guests came together to enjoy the 27th annual Festival of Trees in Wood Buffalo. The three-day Festival included the Ladies Holiday Luncheon, Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, Festival Gala, Christmas Family Fun with Santa, and weekend-long Santa’s Workshop, Gift Shops and local entertainment. All ticketed events sold out, with two selling out in less than five days!

“We’re thrilled at the tremendous support demonstrated towards health care in our region. It has been a difficult year for our community, and despite this, our community continues to step up with outstanding generosity,” said Melanie Antoine, Chair of the Northern Lights Health Foundation’s Board of Directors. “We’re proud to share that through community support, sponsorship increased, attendance increased for all events, and 32 gorgeous trees were auctioned at the Festival of Trees Gala. Thank you to our community for their continued support.”

“What an amazing launch of the holiday season – a season that truly emphasizes the warmth and generosity of our community members. We extend a huge thank you to the many sponsors, in-kind supporters, donors, volunteers and community members who came together in support of local health care this past weekend,” said Cindy Amerongen, Executive Director of the Health Foundation. “Together, you showed your deep respect for the medical services and public health initiatives that are the backbone of our community’s health and well-being. It’s with your support that the Health Foundation continues to fund vital medical equipment, programs and services in the Wood Buffalo region.”

Over the past 27 years, the Festival of Trees has raised over $7 million (net) for local health care, and over 30,000 volunteer hours have been invested by thousands of community members.

Congratulations to all silent auction and raffle winners! If you have not picked up your items please visit the Health Foundation office Wednesday, Nov. 23 between 8 am and 4 pm.

About the Northern Lights Health Foundation
Established in 1985, the Northern Lights Health Foundation exists to provide funds to support health care priorities within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. The Health Foundation is proudly accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact:
Jessica Lipton
Events Manager
Northern Lights Health Foundation
Tel: 780-791-6207 Cell: 780-370-5754 Email:

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