Buena Vista County Hospital's Auxiliary 2000 fundraiser, "Festival of Trees" is now underway! BVCH Auxiliary's annual fundraiser, the popular Christmas tree and wreath raffle fundraiser, begins Sunday, Nov. 5. In addition to the main event, "Festival of Trees" will be held Nov. 18 and 19 at Knights of Columbus Hall in Storm Lake, with the Auxiliary once again adding the Premier Dinner on Friday, Nov. 17.
All the proceeds raised from the Festival of Trees events will go toward the purchase of a new ambulance for the Buena Vista County Hospital, which will aid all the residents of Buena Vista County.
"We had an overwhelming response from Buena Vista County retailers again this year who wanted to participate in designing and donating a tree or wreath," said Judy Ries, chairperson of this year's event. "We have limited the number of trees to six and wreaths to five."
The retailers who will be decorating the six-foot Christmas trees are Hoffman's Flower and Candle Shop, Fareway Stores, Inc., Hy-Vee Food Store and BVCH Auxiliary Gift Shop. Picketts Luggage and Gifts and Buena Vista Stationery will be designing and donating the three-foot trees. The Straw Horse in Albert City, The Wreath Co., Lake Avenue Clothing Co., Sugar Bowl Gift Shop and Total Concept will be decorating wreaths for this year's raffle.
"The raffle and Festival of Trees events enable the Buena Vista County Hospital to meet special needs in the community and the hospital," added Mishelle Lalone, BVCH Auxiliary president. Last year, the Auxiliary raised $30,000 from these events and all the proceeds went for the purchase of state-of-the-art bone densitometry equipment for the new radiology center at Buena Vista County Hospital.
Over the past several years, the Auxiliary has assisted the hospital in many ways, including: purchasing a state-of-the-art anesthesia equipment for the new surgery suites, donated $25,000 toward the construction of the new specialty clinic; refurbishing the OB department; purchasing new Lifeline units; furnishings for the oncolgy waiting area; purchase of cardiac diagnostic equipment in the Cardiac Department; scholarships and grants for people interested in a healthcare field; oncology chairs; redecoration of the coffee and gift shop; two birthing rooms; adult day care scholarships; contribution of funds and support to the bone marrow transplant program; contribution and support of the Red Cross Bloodmobile and Siouxland Blood Bank; artwork placed in the hospital and new outpatient clinic; newspapers and magazine subscriptions for the hospital waiting area; employee appreciation coffee; hospital medical equipment; special training for hospital personnel; paramedic two-way radios with built-in pager.
By your participation, contribution and support, you will enable the Buena Vista County Hospital Auxiliary to continue their efforts in supporting quality healthcare for the county and the surrounding areas.