Kiteboarding 4 Cancer recently donated to the Mid-Columbia Health Foundation through their annual Festival of Trees auction, and went home with 100 puppies and 200 nutcrackers… on Christmas trees, that is.
Mid-Columbia Health Foundation’s annual fundraiser is the Festival of Trees – an event where local businesses decorate and donate themed Christmas trees to raise money for various programs by MCHF. The event takes place the weekend after Thanksgiving, with a live & silent auction, and some very interesting trees.
Gregg Gnecco and Tonia Farman of KB4C attended the tree auction with the intention of getting a tree to donate to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital’s Oncology wing. Gregg & Tonia sought out the most children’s-themed trees of the event: The 100 Puppy Tree and the Nutcracker Tree!
The 100 Puppy Tree: Adorned with over a hundred stuffed animal puppies and dog-themed ornaments, this tree was skirted with christmas dog dishes, dog books, buckets of dog treats, and even a holiday dog house. Throughout December, oncology outpatients and inpatients were allowed to take a puppy from the tree, making 100 very happy kids!
The Nutcracker Tree: Adorned with hundreds of miniature nutcrackers, this tree came with 2 tickets to the Nutcracker ballet and was surrounded by standing nutcrackers, and even a life-size nutcracker that plays MP3s and lights up.
Kiteboarding 4 Cancer donated the Puppy Tree to Doernbecher’s Oncology wing, where children will be able to pick a puppy from the tree at christmas. KB4C donated the Nutcracker tree to the Department of Human Services in The Dalles, which provides social services to children and their families.