The 30th Festival of Trees continued the tradition of celebrating the lifesaving efforts of Mary Bridge Children's Hospital.
More than $1.7 million was raised to support patients and families at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital
Festival's contributions to Mary Bridge over the last 30 years now total more than $30 million.
Over 15,000 people attended the 2016 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 1,000 volunteers worked during Festival week at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, contributing over 25,000 hours of service.
Gala attracted a crowd of 640, and generated auction revenues of $784,000 including more than $400,000 in Fund-a-Need contributions for Where the Need Is Greatest at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital.
Tinsel on the Town, new for 2016, was a smashing success. Tinsel's 650 guests enjoyed an exciting evening of dinner, auction, and dancing. The event raised $367,000, including a truly touching display of crowd participation during Fund-A-Need, which raised more than $190,000 for Mary Bridge Adolescent Behavioral Health at Tacoma General.
The 27-bed Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit (ABHU) is the first program of its kind in Pierce County. Since opening in November 2016, 396 children and teens have received lifesaving care, support and healing at the ABHU because of your generosity. The design, by Clark/Kjos Architects in Portland, OR, was also recognized in the sixth annual International Interior Design Association Healthcare Interior Design Competition.
Breafast with Santa, new for 2016, was an instant hit. The 350 guests who attended Breakfast with Santa were treated to stories with Santa, performances of The Nutcracker by Tacoma City Ballet, arts and crafts, breakfast and hot cocoa, and more.