Ponoka and District Health Foundation not running Festival of Trees in 2021, setting up display in civic building instead

Despite no Festival of Trees running in Ponoka in 2021, a Christmas tree display is set up in the lobby of the Ponoka Civic Building between the town office and the library. (Photo submitted)

Despite no Festival of Trees running in Ponoka in 2021, a Christmas tree display is set up in the lobby of the Ponoka Civic Building between the town office and the library. (Photo submitted)

For the second year in a row the Ponoka Festival of Trees has been cancelled.

While an ‘Un-Festival of Trees’ fundraiser was held in the fall of 2020, which succeeded in raising over $90,000 for the purchase of 10 hospital beds and mattresses, the Ponoka and District Health Foundation (PDHF) has decided instead to set up a Christmas tree display between the Ponoka Jubilee Library and the Town of Ponoka office in the lobby of the Ponoka Civic Building.

Rather than the PDHF actively fundraising this Christmas season, the library will instead take the lead, collecting donations for the Ponoka Food Bank.

“We’re hoping to get some donations from residents, county and town,” said Dorothy Ungstad, PDHF chair.

“I don’t really know how we will work it, but I hope we have donations there.”

The trees were put up by a group of volunteers on Nov. 28 and will be available for viewing through the holiday season.

Founded in 2010, the PDHF’s role in the community is to support health care by coordinating and managing donated funds, using them to support projects like the beds or the recently completed renovation of the tub room at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre.

With the Festival of Trees being a major source of fundraising for the PDHF, it will not be shelved for too long.

Plans are already underway, if health restrictions at the time allow, to bring the event back for the 2022 festive season.

Meanwhile, PDHF does accept donations year round for their various projects.

Cheques can be mailed to PO Box 4274, Ponoka, AB, T4J 1R6.

Donations can also be made online at www.canadahelps.org.

All funds raised in the region stay in the region.

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Joyce MacKenzie, president of the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre Auxiliary, decorates a tree during display set up at the civic building on Nov. 28. (Photo submitted)

Joyce MacKenzie, president of the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre Auxiliary, decorates a tree during display set up at the civic building on Nov. 28. (Photo submitted)

Despite the Festival of Trees not running in 2021, plans are under way to bring the event back in 2022. In the meantime, for the 2021 holiday season trees are set up for people to enjoy in the lobby of the civic building. (Photo submitted)
Despite the Festival of Trees not running in 2021, plans are under way to bring the event back in 2022. In the meantime, for the 2021 holiday season trees are set up for people to enjoy in the lobby of the civic building. (Photo submitted)

Despite the Festival of Trees not running in 2021, plans are under way to bring the event back in 2022. In the meantime, for the 2021 holiday season trees are set up for people to enjoy in the lobby of the civic building. (Photo submitted) Despite the Festival of Trees not running in 2021, plans are under way to bring the event back in 2022. In the meantime, for the 2021 holiday season trees are set up for people to enjoy in the lobby of the civic building. (Photo submitted)

Santa's elves have been hard at work getting Christmas trees set up in the Ponoka Civic Building Lobby! The display will run through the holiday season. (Photo submitted)