Festival of Trees
Thanks for Your Support!
Every year with the arrival of snow comes Mammoth Hospital’s Festival of Trees; it was no different on Friday, 12/7/07, as it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas. You could hear the merriment of guests enjoying the scrumptious array of Anything Goes appetizers and the music of Germany Mayhem, local-student orchestra, at the Mammoth Ski Museum hosting themed decorated trees created by local designers; it was not a silent night. The goal was to raise $35,000 to help support state-of-the-art equipment for the newly expanded Surgical Center, and Labor & Delivery suites.
Mammoth Hospital would like to thank all staff, volunteers, sponsors, supporters, and attendees for helping
to achieve that goal!!!!!
Our net proceeds totaled $37,000!
A Magical Night – Third Annual Festival of Trees - 2006
Let It Snow, Peace on Earth, Merry Fishmas, and a Heartland Christmas were just a few of the themed trees auctioned off at the third annual Festival of Trees showcased at the Mammoth Lakes Ski Museum sponsored by the Healthcare Trust of Mammoth Lakes. Ten trees were fully designed around themes; many were accompanied with gifts for the live auction in addition to travel packages. A silent auction hosted wreaths, gingerbread houses, in addition to exciting wine, spa and travel packages. Proceeds netted $55,000 with only $21,000 more to raise for the hospital’s full field digital mammography initiative.
Gary Myers, Mammoth Hospital CEO, recognized the Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary for their $100,000 donation over the past few months supporting this initiative and the naming of the imaging department. Yuri Parisky, MD, Mammoth Hospital Imaging Director, addressed the importance of annual mammograms and local breast cancer statistics.
It was truly a magical evening as the spirit of giving continued. A couple of trees were donated by top bidders to local community efforts that included a single mom who lost her 19-year-old in a tragic snow storm last January, and to a local cancer patient, in addition to the hospital’s lobbies for patients and the community to enjoy.
A big thank you to all who volunteered, to the tree designers, to all who sponsored this event, and to those who attended. Special thanks to auctioneer Eric Stovesand, Adrienne and Mike Regan of Kriss Kringles, Bonnie Colgan, Cleland Hoff, Vernita Messenger, Maryann Leyen and the Bishop Union High School floral design classes, the Mammoth Lakes Ski Museum, and to Cerro Coso Community College.
If you would like to contribute to the Mammoth Hospital Mammography Initiative or would like more information about the Festival of Trees, please contact Lori Ciccarelli, Community Relations Director, at 924-4015.
A Magical Night - November 30, 2005
It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas when over 200 guests entered the Mountain
Conference Center for the second annual Festival of Trees on Saturday, 11/25/05 hosted
by the Healthcare Trust of Mammoth Lakes and the Gull Lake Marina . Thirteen trees
were showcased fully designed around themes; many were accompanied with gifts to go
with the trees’ themes. A silent auction hosted wreaths, gingerbread houses, wine and
travel packages in addition to spa and celebrity gifts. Proceeds netted $67,000; a great
jump start for the hospital’s $300,000 full field digital mammography initiative.
Gary Myers, hospital CEO, presented breast cancer facts and statistics regarding the fight
against breast cancer and early detection. Gail Jacobs, local breast cancer survivor,
presented her personal story with her fight and victory with mammogram detection. Yuri
Parisky, MD, Senior Mammographer at USC/Norris Cancer Center, addressed the
importance of getting an annual mammogram in addition to the current digital
Full field digital mammography has gained FDA approval for the screening and diagnosis
of breast cancer, and touted to be the “single biggest advance in mammography in 30
years.” Full field digital mammography allows for faster acquisition, fewer total
exposures, and less patient discomfort. Early detection of breast cancer greatly increases
the chance for survival. Currently, Mammoth residents travel out of the area to receive
mammography screening as it is not available locally.
It was truly a magical evening as the spirit of giving continued. A couple of trees were
donated by top bidders to local community efforts. The McDonald’s tree was donated by
the Mammoth Radiology Group to a family in Lee Vining that recently lost their home to
a fire; it is being housed at the Lee Vining 5th and 6th grade classroom as the family’s
temporary living quarters are too small. The top bidders for the tree “Think Pink”
donated their tree to a breast cancer patient. This tree was designed around the hospital’s
mammography initiative focusing on angels representing lives that have been saved
through mammography and early detection. Three additional trees were donated back to
the hospital in which they are being displayed in the various lobbies for the entire
community to enjoy. A big thank you to all who volunteered, to the tree designers, and to
all who sponsored this event. Special thanks to the Mammoth High School Choir, Eric
Stovesand, Adrienne Regan, Daniel Hansen, and Brent Allen.
If you would like to contribute to the Mammoth Hospital Mammography Initiative,
please contact Lori Ciccarelli, Community Relations Director, or Greg Bissonette,
Mammography Initiative Coordinator, at Mammoth Hospital,
Festival of Trees Proceeds Supports ER Department -
Lori Baitx, BSN, RN, emergency
department manager for Mammoth Hospital accepts $50,000 from the Healthcare
Trust of Mammoth Lakes Festival of Trees event coordinator, Lori Ciccarelli,
hospital Community Relations Director. This money will furnish two emergency
department critical care suites for the hospital’s new expansion project. This
photo was taken in front of the “Tree of Life” that was auctioned off for $4,200
and was donated back to the hospital for the entire community to enjoy. This
tree resided in the clinics lobby area during the holidays for the patients to
enjoy. (Pictured left: Lori Baitx. Pictured right: Lori Ciccarelli)
Holiday Healthcare Magic, Festival of Trees - November 27, 2004
“Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it
Snow.” The night was magical. The major snow storm didn’t discourage many. The
holiday spirit filled the air on Saturday, 11/27th, at Mammoth
Hospital’s first annual Festival of Trees gala dinner.
A “Charles Dickens” doorman
greeted guests as holiday carols echoed through the winding staircase leading to
whimsical harp music. A red carpet enticed those to enter what was to be the
most talked about event of the year. The perimeter of the room was lined with
nine enchanting noble fir Christmas trees dripping with elegance. Themed gifts
accompanied each tree for an added bonus for those who despise the holiday
shopping rush. This evening was also the inaugural event of the new hospital
foundation, The Healthcare Trust of Mammoth Lakes (HTML). The buzz around town
is that community members can’t wait for next year’s event; the talk is that it
will get more popular with each passing year.
Handcrafted wreaths and gingerbread houses were on display for silent auction. Spectators participated in a live auction bidding on these holiday trees for $3,000-$5,000 each. “We are ecstatic that proceeds of this event totaled a little over $50,000 and will equip two of the emergency department’s critical care suites for the hospital’s expansion project,” says Gary Myers, Mammoth Hospital Chief Executive Officer.
We thank the many volunteers that
made this event a huge success. We appreciate the over-the-top support from the
community. A big thank you to our sponsors: OnFile, Sierra Design Studio,
Mammoth Times, Gallerie BarJur, Mammoth Art Guild, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area,
California Endowment, Minaret Mall Shopping Center, O’Connor Kriegh Architects,
Mammoth Hospital, Eastern Sierra Community Bank, and Mammoth Mountain RV Park.
Plans are already in the works for
the Festival of Trees on Saturday, 11/26/2005. If you would like to
receive an invitation, be a tree sponsor, or would like more information,
contact event coordinator Lori Ciccarelli, Community Relations Director, at (760) 924-4015.