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Festival of TreesThe St. Anthony Hospital Foundation's 2017 WinterFest, formerly the Festival of Trees, which will be held Friday, December 1st, at the Pendleton Convention Center. Our goal is to expand the reach of this event to other area non-profits that support our mission of nurturing healthy communities through education and research. We believe that these partnerships will help strengthen our community as a whole and provide the necessary support for various health and wellness initiatives. We hope this expansion will also help entice a new generation of supporters for the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve.

I'm very excited to announce that this event will benefit the Children's Museum of Eastern Oregon (CMEO), Pioneer Relief Nursery (PRN) and the Hospital Foundation. The CMEO is an imagination emporium! It provides a safe environment where children are encouraged to explore and experience arts and sciences in creative and innovative ways! The PRN provides skills development to children, and offers support services, education and respite to parents. The goal of the PRN is to prevent abuse and provide at risk families with support and education. Both the Children's Museum and the Pioneer Relief Nursery programs were natural choices for our foundation to partner with. They align perfectly with our hospital's commitment to reducing violence in our communities by providing proactive options and education for parents of young and impressionable children. The hospital foundation funds go toward a myriad of programs. Some examples are: healthcare scholarships, much needed hospital equipment, support for hospice programs, and of course much, much more.

This year's festival will start with an evening of holiday celebration and fun on Friday, December 1st starting at 6:00 pm. Guests will be enticed with delectable hors d'oeurves and holiday cocktails while strolling through the enchanting forest of holiday trees. Then you will enjoy a delicious three course prime rib and seafood dinner. Immerse yourself in the magic of the Holiday Season with great local jazz music, live auction for decorated trees, silent auction for experience packages or themed gift baskets, and buy-it-now pre-lit trees. This event isn’t just for sitting! Join the "Find the Pickle" scavenger hunt for your chance to win a variety of prizes including wine, holiday décor and gifts. Like your tables centerpiece? Make your move fast! (They are for sale). Browse the Holiday Gift Shop or try your luck at the Mystery Gift Tree! The Free Family Day will be held on Saturday, December 2 at the Pendleton Convention Center thanks to a generous donation from Wildhorse Resort & Casino. Over 500 children and parents flock to the event to listen to music, play games, visit with Santa and officially launch the Christmas season. With your support, the WinterFest promises to be the event of the Holiday Season!

To purchase tickets, call 541.966.0528. You can also make an online donation.