Fête des Arbres towards your exhibitions for the 2020 auction
This year’s Tree Festival fundraiser will take place online to meet COVID-19 safety guidelines
Like all of the other events taking place this year, the Moose Jaw Health Foundation has made some big changes to the annual Festival of Trees fundraiser to ensure it will be pandemic-friendly.
The popular holiday event will take place on November 21 at 7 p.m. with a live online auction and silent auction, rather than a gala event like in previous years.
“There is no event like the Festival, which to date has raised more than $ 4.3 million. 2020 has been a year of transition and change for everyone, and every man, woman and child has seen their daily life interrupted, ”said Ryan Hrechka, President of the MHJF. “Thank you to the Volunteer Committee of the Festival of Trees for taking up the challenges of 2020 with creativity and flair. [and creating] a world-class online event right here in Moose Jaw.
The auction will be interactive, featuring auctioneer Donny Peacock and Sharon Church, and bidders will still be able to chat, bid and challenge other attendees during the virtual event. Anyone will be able to view the auction as it unfolds, but those who wish to bid on any of the items will need to register in advance.
The Festival hopes festival-goers plan their own in-home viewing evenings for the auction this year, while adhering to the province’s safety guidelines on gatherings and offering an exclusive Festival meal delivered to your home to enjoy together. .
The charm of the event being to be able to admire and marvel at the impressive trees offered by local businesses, the MJHF made sure that this year’s Festival does not miss this element despite its change of venue.
All holiday tree displays and auction items will be on display in the lobby of the Moose Jaw Cultural Center from mid-November until the auction, as well as listed in an auction catalog. online auction for virtual viewing – ensuring the community stays gets to ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ on the awesome displays.
The Festival committee also encourages local businesses to decorate their storefronts in support of the event, in order to keep the festive energy alive.
Things will be a little different for donors and sponsors this year too, as the Festival offers recognition and sponsorship spotlights through social media, at the auction and on the digital donor wall at the regional hospital. Dr FH Wigmore.
This year’s Tree Festival will raise funds for new state-of-the-art equipment for the hospital, Hrechka said, as he has done for 28 years in the city. This year’s event will specifically help purchase the next generation of urology equipment.
“Every dollar raised will stay here to help our friends and family with the next generation of urology equipment,” Hrechka said. “I know the energy and momentum created here today will inspire the community to support the Festival.”
You can find more details about the Festival of trees online at mjhf.org or by contacting the MJHF office at 1 (306) 694-0373.