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In pictures: the 2023 Festival of Trees fundraiser event

Proceeds will help support breast cancer equipment at the Dr. F. H. Wigmore Regional Hospital

The Moose Jaw Health Foundation’s 2023 Festival of Trees fundraiser was held Oct. 21 at the Moose Jaw Events Centre.

Proceeds raised through the annual event help support the Dr. F. H. Wigmore Regional Hospital in Moose Jaw.

"There is no event quite like Festival of Trees…,” said Ryan Hrechka, chairperson for the Moose Jaw Health Foundation (MJHF) board in an earlier July 10 media announcement. "Over 31 years, thousands of people have been saved and helped by our doctors and health care professionals in Moose Jaw, and over those years our community has raised nearly $5 million through Festival of Trees."

The theme for this year’s event is “Home for the Holidays,” and the date of the annual fundraiser has been moved forward from its usual placement in November.

"October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it is fitting that the foundation will be raising funds for a new (Philips Breast Cancer MRI Coil for Breast Cancer Detection and a Lymphatic Navigator for Breast Cancer Surgery),” explained Festival of Trees committee chair Kim Waldo in an earlier statement.

The 2023 Festival of Trees fundraiser is emceed by father/daughter team Camron Howe and Dr. Caitlyn Howe.

Waldo said the Festival of Trees committee is looking to source this year’s meal as locally as possible, as well as a few other changes, in response to feedback from guests and volunteers during the planning stage of the event.

The night kicked off with 5 p.m. cocktails, followed by a 6 p.m. prime rib buffet supper.

The Grand Auction is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. and will be followed by live entertainment and a dance. To provide entertainment, local performers The Uncoolas will be playing onstage at the event.

The total amount raised at the event will be announced once the Grand Auction has concluded.  

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