It was a "Dickens of a Christmas" at this year's Festival of Trees weekend. But that didn't mean the donations were meager or Scrooge-like in any way.
This year's three day event was another smashing success, bringing in $84,974 for the Olympic Medical Center Foundation. This year's Gala weekend featured a few new events and, as always, some breath taking Christmas trees assembled by talented and tireless designers.
The weekend kicked off with the sold out Teddy Bear Tea, presented by the Swain's Family Foundation on Friday morning. During two seatings, the Teddy Bear Tea was a great way for children and families to see the beautifully decorated trees, enjoy some goodies and holiday music, and get pictures taken with Santa Claus.
Following the Tea, the Vern Burton Center is transformed for the Friday evening Gala and Auction, presented by Sequim Health and Rehabilitation. This formal event features amazing food from local restaurants, great live music, and a chance to bid on not only the fabulous trees, but beautiful wreaths and locally donated items.
New to this year's Gala event was a dessert auction which allowed each table a chance to bid on wonderful treats to enjoy at the dinner, or to take home.
Another new event for the weekend was a Port Angeles High School Alumni Basketball Tournament and Reunion on Saturday. The event, sponsored by Avamere, was designed as a way to encourage students and families who were home for the Thanksgiving holiday to participate in the Festival. The tournament during the day was followed by an evening of fun and dancing at the Festival of Trees venue.
The weekend also featured a Family Days Breakfast on Saturday morning, presented by the Port Angeles Exchange Club and sponsored by Avamere. Previously known as the Senior Breakfast, this year, the event opened its doors to all family members to encourage extended participation from all ages. Family Days viewing of the trees took place on both Saturday and Sunday, with a great chance to see the trees and enjoy holiday entertainment and activities for the kids, and also a chance to get in on great raffle ticket