|1/8/2013 10:12:00 AM|
Festival of Trees raises more than $1 million
Providence Health and Services photo
Charles Swindells, former United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, and his wife Caroline were honorary co-chairs of the 30th Providence Festival of Trees.
The 30th anniversary Providence Festival of Trees raised more than $1 million, and thousands of Portland residents rang in the holiday season by attending the public shows and gala.
Much of the money came during a special appeal on the night of the gala. Those attending gave a record $580,000, which goes to funding the investigative teams, technology, services and trials at Providence Cancer Center and for patients.
Two significant donations came early in the evening. Joan Tate Allen of Windermere Foundation announced a gift of $100,000 – to which every Windemere Cronin & Caplan Realty Group agent and employee had donated. Volunteers at Providence Portland Medical Center also made a gift of $100,000, which was generated by the proceeds of the gift shop that they operate.
This year’s honorary co-chairs were Charles Swindells, former United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, and his wife Caroline. The former ambassador chaired the first festival three decades ago. He was part of a group from Portland that traveled to Salt Lake City to learn about that community’s festival.
They brought the idea home, raising $10 million over 30 years in support of Providence programs serving the poor and vulnerable.
In addition to cancer research, proceeds from this year’s event benefited Providence Child Center, a leader in caring for children with disabilities in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, and Providence Medication Assistance Program, which helps provide medication for the elderly and other individuals with limited financial means.