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Northwestel President Curtis Shaw

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A POPULAR DRAW–The Northwestel Festivalof Trees, Newmont BAHHumbug Cocktail Party began the Festival of Trees on Thursday evening at the Jim Smith Building.

Hospital foundation launches Northwestel Festival of Trees

The 2023 Northwestel Festival of Trees will begin at 5:30 p.m. today with the Newmont BAH humbug cocktail party at the Jim Smith Building and the opening of the online silent auction.

By Whitehorse Star on November 23, 2023

The 2023 Northwestel Festival of Trees began Thursday evening with the Newmont BAH Humbug Cocktail Party at the Jim Smith Building and the opening of the online silent auction.

The festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

All event proceeds will support the new 12-bed Mental Wellness Unit under construction at Whitehorse General Hospital.

Other festival events include the Skookum Asphalt Santa Breakfast on Saturday at the Jim Smith Building; the Save-On-Foods Seniors’ Soirée on Dec. 1; and the Alkan Air Grand Ball on Dec. 2 at the Yukon Convention Centre.

A cocktails and crafts event will take place on Saturday hosted by, and held in, The Mini Maker Space on Front Street.

The online silent auction will be open until 10:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

It features the festival’s silent auction trees and dozens of items donated by individuals, organizations and local businesses.

Several festival trees will be available for public viewing in the foyer of the Jim Smith Building.

Tickets for the Northwestel 50/50 raffle are also available until Dec. 4. Last year’s winner received more than $60,000.

“I would like to personally thank our valued community partners, local businesses and volunteers, who come together year after year to share in the spirit of the season,” Northwestel president Curtis Shaw said Thursday.

“Yukoners’ generosity during the festival will have a huge impact on our health care for years to come.”

Tammy April chairs the Yukon Hospital Foundation’s board and is vice-president of customer ex-perience at Northwestel.

“We are so pleased to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Northwestel Festival of Trees and two decades of community generosity and giving,” April said.

“We cannot thank Yukoners enough for their commitment to enhanced health care here in the territory and the incredible support continually demonstrated for our hospitals and our medical teams.”

Last month, Northwestel renewed its five-year commitment to the foundation with $450,000, as did Alkan Air with $200,000 to support the Building Better Together Campaign and the creation of the Mental Wellness Unit. It’s expected to be completed in mid-2024.

“An event of this magnitude is simply not possible without all the amazing support of our sponsors and volunteers,” saaid foundation president Karen Forward.

“Reflecting on the last 20 years and recognizing all those who have been part of the festival over the past two decades is truly inspiring and uplifts us all as we look forward to the next two decades of enhanced health care for Yukoners right here at home.”

Comments (4)

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@YT, this is nothing new on Nov 25, 2023 at 8:18 am

As the article says, for 20 years this has been a fund-raiser for equipment at the hospital. It happens all over Canada, where hospitals rely on the generosity of donors to get specialized units or equipment. In a perfect world, health care budgets would provide enough $$, but they don't. Skookum, Northwestel and others have supported this from the beginning and helped to raise literally millions of dollars

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Anton the Astonished on Nov 25, 2023 at 6:46 am

Wow another Liberal home run with the addition of a never before service available locally for Yukoners from Dawson in the north to Beaver Cr. in the west to Watson Lake in the south east.

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Josey Wales on Nov 23, 2023 at 3:38 pm

Gee...The festival of X-rays sounds better.
As does The festival of surgeries too.

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YT on Nov 23, 2023 at 2:30 pm

“All event proceeds will support the new 12-bed Mental Wellness Unit under construction at Whitehorse General Hospital.”
Fund raising by the hospital corp.
Guess that’s what it’s come to. New convention center for NVD but the corp has to fundraise for medical facilities.
Maybe a bake sale to fund for more doctors?
You listening Kate White?

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