2016 Festival of Trees Raises Over $16K

Newport, WA- Local residents and visitors gathered Saturday for the 2016 Festival of Trees at Sadie Halstead Middle School. The day of festive celebration shared holiday event-goers with the Stratton Elementary Craft Fair and several other local holiday events. “Year after year, it seems like Newport is becoming more of a popular holiday destination on the first Saturday in December. We had record attendance again this year at the Festival of Trees, and many people were visiting from outside the county,” said Jenny Smith, Newport Hospital and Health Services Foundation Director.

Festival of Trees attendees were invited to decorate cookies, have their pictures taken with Santa, make holiday crafts and all took part of the tree viewing and raffle. The Dalkena Church Cantata and Newport High School Choir provided entertainment during the daytime event that showcased 16 raffle trees boasting a collective $13,000 in prizes and gift certificates. Over $16,000 was raised during the event which benefits Newport Hospital and Health Services Foundation charitable programs. Record raffle tree ticket sales reflected continued community support for Newport Hospital and Health Services Foundation (NHHSF) programs, the Healthy Kids Snack Bag program and Reach Out and Read.

Evening attendees enjoyed a scrumptious holiday buffet prepared and served by Newport Hospital’s own Pine Street Café. Live music by teen duo “Justin and Drew” (of the group, “Rye River”) filled the room with a bluegrass spin on holiday favorites, as well as some contemporary and classic country covers. Event sponsors included the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Northern Quest Casino & Resort, Life Flight Network, Amerigroup, Molina Healthcare, Moloney O’Neill Insurance, STCU, Mountain West Bank, Pend Oreille Valley Foundation, Thrivent Action Team of Pend Oreille County, and the Newport School District.

The 2016 raffle tree winners were:

Teresa Owens (“Willy Wonka”- Sponsored by Exbabylon and Newport Alarm)

Robin McCroskey (“All Around Town Tree” – Sponsored by Newport, Priest River and Oldtown area businesses)

Katherine Schutte (“Winter Wonderland of Books” – Sponsored by West Bonner County Education Association)

Ashley Vasquez (“The Toy Tree” – Sponsored by Concept Cable TV and Wayne & Lila Antcliff)

Terri Ivie (“Four Legged Friends” – Sponsored by Newport/Priest River Interact Youth Group)

Leah Bean (“We Are 12” – Sponsored by Country Lane, Inc.)

Anita King –(“Who Let the Girls Out” – Sponsored by Who Let the Girls Out businesses)

Susan Comer (“To Grandma’s House We Go!” – Diamond Lake Quilters)

Sandy Ellersick (“It’s a Winedurful Night” – Sponsored by Newport Hospital Administration)

Michael McLaughlin (“Eats and Treats” – Sponsored by John L. Scott and Old Republic Mortgage )

Dana Cantrell (“Down on the Farm” – Sponsored by Treasures A to Z)

James Wiese (“The Grizmas Tree” – Sponsored by Newport School District Administration and the Maws and Paws Booster Club)

Shirley Kasper (“What’s Black and White and Read All Over?” – Sponsored by the Miner Newspapers)

Jill Monroe (“Christmas Magic” – Sponsored by Big Moose Rental Center & Tradin’ Post)

Debbie Opeley (“Tupperware Meets Jamberry and Perfectly Post” – Sponsored by Stacie Church and Shandy Carter)

Carolyn Keffeler (“Frolicking Frosty Fun” – Sponsored by the Newport/Priest River Rotary)

2016 Festival of Trees benefits Newport Hospital and Health Services programs.

Click here for the 2016 Festival of Trees flyer!


 Thank you, Event Sponsors!