Festival of Trees raises $600,000 for hospital

The Festival of Trees raised $600,000 this year, about $135,000 less than in 2008, for Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

Photo by JERRY GERLING/Advocate staff

The Festival of Trees raised $600,000 this year, about $135,000 less than in 2008, for Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

Organizers still call the festival, held Nov. 24 to 29 at the Westerner, a success.

“Although our revenues have been impacted by the economy, we feel very pleased that we continue to garner huge support from the community,” said Grant Edmonds, chair of the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation.

“The donor support, dedicated volunteers and public who attend all contribute to improving health care at our hospital.”

About 22,000 people came out to the festival, down from 24,000 in 2008.

Proceeds from the annual event will go to developing a new Colorectal Screening Clinic at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. Money will be used to purchase equipment.

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