Grande Prairie – Alberta’s lesser known energy boomtown – is a city located in the northwest region of the province. Home to the Elmworth Deep Basin gas field and centering on the Montney and Duvernay Shale plays, Grande Prairie’s vibrant economy has created a culture that is rich in community investment.
One particular example of philanthropy is the growth and involvement of the QE II Hospital Foundation’s Festival of Trees. An event where Christmas trees are beautifully decorated and then auctioned off to raise money for the hospital, November 2015 marks the festival’s 27th year. Previously just a weekend event, it now spans a two-week period.
Saturday, November 14 was the Festival of Trees Gala, which over the years has increased from a few hundred to over 650 attendees and is now Grande Prairie’s premier gala event. Week two had a wide variety of adult and family events including a Mistletoe Mixer, Seniors’ Tea and Hospital Appreciation Day which started with a Teddy Bear breakfast. Funds raised from all the events go to the greatest needs of the hospital.
For the past two years, Northern Mat & Bridge has been proud to be a corporate sponsor of this spectacular community event. This year was particularly special, as the QE II Hospital Foundation changed their name to Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation and kicked off their $20 million Key to Care capital campaign at the gala. The new name will reflect the work that the foundation will be doing to be prepared for when the new Grande Prairie Regional Hospital is open.
The Foundation works hard all year but the Festival of Trees is a chance for them to raise awareness and give back a bit to the community for all their generous investments. Northern Mat & Bridge would like to thank the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation and everyone who is involved in making the Festival of Trees such a fantastic community event.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season!