COVID-19 guidelines prompt community format for Festival of Trees

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Battlefords Union Hospital Foundation is excited to present the 2020 Festival of Trees, taking place in The Battlefords from Monday, Nov. 16 through Friday, Dec. 4.

The Festival of Trees is a tradition within the Battlefords and is celebrating its 25th year.

The 2020 Festival of Trees will see some changes due to COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, but it will once again kick off the Christmas season within the Battlefords while raising funds to enrich healthcare.

“We are pleased to be celebrating the 25th Annual Festival of Trees this Christmas season and carry on the tradition within the Battlefords. The event will look a little different from other years, but what is important is the opportunity to celebrate Christmas together as a community while raising funds for new medical equipment at BUH,” says Claudette McGuire, BUH Foundation’s executive director. “We are excited about the opportunities presented to us with the new format and invite everyone to join us in the Christmas celebrations.”

The theme of 2020 Festival of Trees is “Merry & Bright” and will provide a tour of the Battlefords and all things Christmas. Rather than being held at one location, the beautifully decorated trees, wreathes and accent pieces will be on display and for sale throughout the Battlefords at various businesses and sponsor locations. This provides everyone an opportunity to safely view and bid on these items, as well as support their local businesses.

Family Day activities are being planned to be held in a virtual format and within your own households. Santa himself may even stop by and have a special message for the children. Stay tuned for these details as they are released.

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The Formal Evening of Festival of Trees and the Christmas High Tea will not be held this year. However, BUH Foundation board of directors and staff encourage all those who would regularly attend these events to still be a part of Festival of Trees 2020 by donating the price of their tickets and receiving a charitable tax receipt. There will also be raffle packages and an opportunity to purchase tickets on some wonderful items, either as a Christmas present for yourself or for others.

“It is an honour to be celebrating 25 years of Festival of Trees in our community. It is wonderful to receive the support to make this event such a success every year. We know 2020 will look different, but be just as well received and supported as the previous years. We hope you will all join us as we celebrate Christmas and raise funds for healthcare,” says Sue Pruden-McIvor, BUH Foundation board of directors chairperson.

You may follow the 2020 Festival of Trees “Merry & Bright” Christmas tour on BUH Foundation’s website, and through BUH Foundation’s Facebook page. If you would like to be a part of this event, please contact BUH Foundation’s office, 306-446-6652 or email If you are currently a Festival of Trees sponsor, BUH Foundation will be personally contacting you.

Funds raised from the 2020 Festival of Trees will support the new capital campaign for BUH Foundation, “Diagnostic Detectives: Solving your Health Mysteries.” This campaign will raise funds for new equipment and technology for the lab at BUH. Lab tests and their corresponding results are an integral part of diagnosing patients and providing the proper course of treatment. The dedicated lab team works behind the scenes to help provide the best care possible. The new equipment will capitalize on the knowledge and skills of the lab team and ensure they have the best to provide the best.

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