The 28th Festival of Trees continued the tradition of celebrating the lifesaving efforts of Mary Bridge Children's Hospital by further supporting the hospital's critical care services for the families of our region. In addition, the Festival provided a series of community events to launch the holiday season.
REVENUES IN EXCESS OF $1.74 MILLION. Festival's contributions to Mary Bridge over the last 28 years now total over $25.7 million.
Over 15,000 people attended the 2014 Festival of Trees, enjoying one of the three public days or five private celebrations.
More than 50 year-round planning committees, consisting of over 200 volunteers, attended to the preparation of the event. Some 800 volunteers worked during Festival week at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, contributing over 44,000 hours of service.
Gala Auction & Dinner, sponsored by J.R. Abbott Construction, attracted a crowd of 630, and generated auction revenues of more than $828,000 including more than $321,000 in Fund-an-item contributions for Uncompensated Care.
JingleBell Jam, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase $ Co., hosted 380 guests to an exciting evening of dinner, an auction, and dancing until midnight. Gross auction revenues over $210,000 including more than $63,000 for the operational costs of Tree House A Place for Families.
Festival's newest event, Ladies Night Out, sponsored by Cascade Regional Blood Services and Mountain Lodge Farm, hosted 450 guests. This "over 21" ladies-inspired event included a night of beverages, wine tasting, savory and sweet appetizers, beauty, home decor and fashion tips and, of course, shopping and fun, raising more than 80,000 for the Helping Hand Fund, supporting patients and their families with cab fare, cafeteria meals, and other immediate and unexpected expenses.
Led by Associated Petroleum Products, Propel Insurance, Tacoma Rainiers Baseball Club and the Mary Bridge Brigade, Festival received corporate sponsorship support from local, regional and national businesses. Festival major sponsors contributed almost $338,000 in cash to the event.
Local businesses, organizations, and individuals gave almost $138,000 cash to fund Festival's 54 beautiful trees and tablescapes. Hundreds of generous donors contributed $368,000 in in-kind donations to make the event a success.