Portland, OR. The numbers are in and the 2017 Safeway/Providence Festival of Trees, public show and Gala dinner raised a record $1.4 million for Providence Children’s Health and family support services. Bob and Sharon Miller join friends and family at the November 31st gala which drew over 900 people. The public viewing of the trees took place December 1st and 2nd at Oregon Convention Center. Organizers say miles of twinkling lights, thousands of ornaments and even the fragrance of Christmas itself made the 35th anniversary of the festival a magical event.

13-year-old Bobbi MacKenzie opens the Gala dinner by singing “Oh Holy Night” a cappela.

Providence Oregon chief executive Dave Underriner and Providence Foundations of Oregon president and chief development officer Laurie Kelley welcome more than 900 guests to the Gala.

Nancy Lematta, center, leads a group of friends in celebrating the festival of trees.

Joey Harrington poses for a photograph with an Oregon Ducks fan in the midst of the Gala.

Organizers report that the holiday tradition dazzled people of all ages with its exquisite trees, mini-trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses, Lego displays and more. Over the last 34 years, the festival has raised more than $16 million. Those funds support Providence Children’s Health programs including Child Life Specialists, NICU Parent Liaisons, Swindells Resource Center and My Little Waiting Room.

Here are some photos of the those famous trees:

Letters to Santa – Sponsor: iHeart Media.  Designers: Sandy Miller, Shelly Hamann, Mark Johnson, family and friends

Take Me Back in Time – Sponsor: Providence Hospice
Designers: Jacquelyn Dunn, Kate Gober, Shawn Dunn and Judy Mimnaugh

A Coastal Christmas – Sponsor: Howard S. Wright, a Balfour Beatty Company
Designers: Sarah Kennison, Danielle Smeraglio, Sue Jarmin and Kim Jarmin

Rose All the Way Sponsor: Providence Health Plan. Designers: Ronni Nichuals, Stacy Ryback, Velma Rodriguez, Tiah Kershaw, Erica Brill and Mary Nichols

Christmas in Rip City – Sponsor: Portland Trail Blazers
Designers: Sandy Miller, Leslie Radke, Carol Nielson and Judy Han

Through a Child’s Eyes – Sponsor: Providence Portland Medical Center professional staff
Designers: Leilani Wilson, Raji Chandrasekaran, Christine Riley, Karen Thiel, Nicholetta Vlandis and Elizabeth Wakeman

Have a Merry Elfin’ Christmas – Sponsor: Providence Medical Group
Designers: Dominique Buhl, Damala Badon, Robin Birge, Amy Brittan and Min Stearns

This is a year-long, volunteer-driven project with nearly 75 professional and amateur designers volunteering thousands of hours to turn a corner of the Oregon Convention Center into a winter wonderland and holiday village. Nearly 20,000 people were expected to experience the 2017 festive gathering with 75 trees of all sizes decorated with nearly 100,000 twinkling lights. More than 600,000 people have attended the festival since it began in 1983. Safeway was the sponsor this year.

Here’s a time lapse video of the setup of the

The Festival of the Trees benefits these Family Support Services:

Providence cares for more than 100,000 Oregon children each year, and 1 in 5 children have a special health care need. These critical programs help keep the whole family healthy.

Our Family Support Services

Child Life Program

Imagine a hospital visit through the eyes of a child. Unfamiliar faces and equipment, examinations or tests for them or for a loved one, and scary conversations that they may not understand. Our certified child life specialists at Providence St. Vincent help children of all ages cope with their own or a family member’s illness, injury, treatment, or hospitalization through play, child-friendly explanations, and of course, a teddy bear.

My Little Waiting Room

Founded by mother and cancer survivor Amy Patterson, My Little Waiting Room provides free, fun, and safe drop-in child care for families on the campuses of Providence St. Vincent and Providence Portland Medical Center. Staffed by specially trained care providers and secure, parents can attend appointments or visit a loved one in the hospital knowing their children are in good hands.

NICU Parent Liaison

Spending time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with your baby is rarely a part of a family’s birth plan. Our NICU Parent Liaison provides peer-to-peer informational, emotional, and inspirational support to new parents of premature babies during their stay in the NICU at Providence St. Vincent.

Swindells Resource Center

Learning that your child has special needs, developmental delays or disabilities is life-changing, isolating and scary. Where do I go from here? What do I do next?  Swindells Resource Center supports parents and caregivers of these children by providing free resources, information and education to communities throughout Oregon and southwest Washington – last year alone we helped tens of thousands of families throughout the region.

For more information about the 2017 Providence Festival of Trees, please go to www.providence.org/festivaloftrees.