HOLIDAY HOME- Officials with this year’s Festival of Trees introduced the ‘Trade-itional Holiday Home’ in Clearview Ridge on Oct. 15. Proceeds from the sale of the house will support the purchase of cardiopulmonary equipment at Red Deer Regional Hospital.

Festival of Trees unveil ‘Trade-itional Holiday Home’

  • Oct. 16, 2010 4:38 p.m.

Organizers behind the 17th annual Festival of Trees fundraiser unveiled the ‘Trade-itional Holiday Home’ Oct. 15 in Clearview Ridge.

Proceeds from the Festival of Trees, the annual fundraiser for the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation, will support the purchase of new cardiopulmonary care equipment at the Red Deer Regional Hospital.

This new equipment will benefit patients of all ages in a wide variety of areas including emergency, outpatient services, diagnostics and inpatient care.

Besides the slate of activities set to run Nov. 23-28 at Westerner Park, funds from Festival of Trees will also come from the sale of the ‘Trade-itional’ Home at 56 Clearview Dr.

“The trades are donating their efforts and time to build this home and for the monies they contribute, True-Line is issuing a cheque directly to the hospital for that amount of money,” said Kathy Lacey, co-chair of sponsorship for Festival of Trees 2010.

On Oct. 15, a cheque was presented to the Foundation from True-Line Contracting Ltd. for $147,811.85.

All contributions from the home building trades along with a donation of $50,000 from True-Line Contracting Ltd. will also be featured at a presentation to the Foundation at the preview dinner as well.

Meanwhile, Lacey said it would be wonderful to sell the three-bedroom house, which features granite countertops, hardwood floors and luxury carpeting, prior to the Festival of Trees.

“We’re really hoping that we will be able to introduce the new owners of the home at this year’s preview dinner on November 25,” she said. “It’s a lovely, lovely home.”

Phil Neufeld, who owns True-Line Contracting Ltd. with his wife Sue, said he’s very proud to be able to help support the community.

He’s also grateful to trades and suppliers who’ve lent their support to the project

“A lot of them are here for us year after year, and we really couldn’t do it without them. Thankfully, we are able to participate.”

This year’s Festival of Trees kicks off with the Biggest Tree Festival & Parade Nov. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall Park.

Other highlights include the Silver Bells Luncheon, the Taste of

Red Deer and Festival of Wines on Nov. 26.

Other events include the Teddy Bear Breakfast, the Tis the Season Fashion Luncheon and Mistletoe Magic on Nov. 27.

The Festive Finale Family Brunch wraps things up on Nov. 28. For tickets to any of the activities at Festival of Trees, check out www.ticketmaster.ca or call 403-340-4455.

General admission tickets will be available at the door.

Check out www.reddeerfestivaloftrees.ca for more details.

Over the past 16 years the community has helped the Foundation raise more than $6 million to support patient care at the Red Deer Regional Hospital.

mweber@reddeerexpress.com

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