Festival of Trees Raises $21K

2019 Festival of Trees Raises 21K

Newport, WA – Saturday’s cold and rainy weather failed to deter the holiday spirit of 2019 Festival of Trees attendees. The annual event raised $21,000 for community and hospital programs, including funds earmarked for a new 3D mammography unit at Newport Community Hospital in 2020. The day of festive celebration at Sadie Halstead Middle School shared holiday event-goers with the Stratton Elementary Craft Fair and several other local holiday events in Newport.

Festival of Trees attendees decorated cookies, had their pictures taken with Santa, made holiday crafts and all took part of the tree viewing and donation raffle. The Dalkena Church Cantata provided holiday entertainment during the daytime event that showcased 16 raffle trees boasting a collective $16,000 in prizes and gift certificates.

The 2019 raffle tree winners were: Kathy Johnson (“Making the American Dream Come True”- Sponsored by Northwest Professional Real Estate & Old Republic Mortgage); Tina Shaw (“Charlie Brown” – Sponsored by Exbabylon and Newport Alarm); Whitney Carey (“Wine & Dine” – Sponsored by Newport Hospital and Health Services Administration Team); Patty Page (“All Around Town” – Sponsored by Newport, Priest River & Oldtown Area Businesses); Charles Skiles (“The Toy Tree” – Sponsored by Concept Cable); Monica Jones “Grizmas Tree 2019” – Sponsored by Newport School District and Maws and Paws Booster Club); Christine Vullo (“Silent Night” – Sponsored by Diamond Lake Quilters);  Naomi Hoepfer (“Let’s Spend Time Together” – Sponsored by West Bonner Education Association); Carol Etherton (“Caring for Your Family Tree” – Sponsored by ELTC Law Group); Becca Masters (“Who Let the Girls Out” – Sponsored by Fleur de Lis Floral & Home, Shanty Boutique, Just Because Fashion & Gifts, Bushels, and Into the Garden); Hailey Criswell (“The Family That Plays Together Stays Together” – Sponsored by The River Valley Beacon); Rob Malcolm (“Welcome Home” – Sponsored by Pend Oreille Title and Escrow); Nicole Peightal (Unleash the Handyman Hero!” – Sponsored by KCB Construction, Priest River Cleaners, Excess Disposal, Barrett’s Busy B Cedar Products, Leo’s Excavating, Rival Roofing, Cathy Burns, Bill Gumaer Construction, Kelly’s Bar & Grill, Albeni Falls Building Supply, Luke Baker Guardian Mortgage); Wade Pierce (“The Great Newport Baking Show” – Sponsored by the Newport Hospital and Health Services Dietary Team); Kathy Reyes (“Overnight Spa Escape – Northern Quest Resort & Casino” – Sponsored by Kalispel Tribe of Indians); Suzie Hatfield (“Kalispel Casino” – Sponsored by Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Kalispel Casino).

Evening attendees enjoyed a festive holiday feast prepared and served by Newport Hospital’s own Pine Street Café. Live music by fiddling sensation Justin Sherfey featured vocals and impressive strings, along with traditional and original music. The event concluded around 7 pm and tree winners arrived shortly thereafter to pack up their holiday loot.

Event sponsors included the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Kalispel Casino, Mountain West Bank, Amerigroup, Columbia Bank, Life Flight Network, STCU, Pend Oreille Valley Foundation, The Newport Miner and Gem State Miner, Newport/Priest River Rotary Club, Newport Dental, Donna Bushee, and the Newport School District. The NHHS Foundation’s next event is the 2020 Iron Sommelier & Brewmaster Event on February 22 at the Priest River Event Center (tickets available January 6th).

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 Thank you, 2019 Premium Event Sponsors!