12/21/2013 10:52:00 AM Festival of trees raises $1 million
Catholic Sentinel photo by Clarice Keating
Trees galore filled Providence Festival of Trees.
While whisper wishes to Santa and patching up a stuffed animal in the Teddy Bear Hospital, attendees at this year’s Providence Festival of Trees raised more than $1 million for the Providence Heart and Vascular Institute’s youth cardiac screening program, Play Smart.
Screening for sudden cardiac arrest is offered free to young people in the community, funded primarily by donations. To date the program has screened nearly 2,000 youth, identifying more than 20 who needed additional care and treatment. One tree at the event was draped with the actual ticker tape from children’s heart screenings.
In addition to Play Smart, festival proceeds support Providence Cancer Center, Providence Child Center, Providence Hospice and Providence Medication Assistance Program.