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Festival of Trees expanding to Fort Chipewyan

The Festival of Trees is growing and will be lighting up Fort Chipewyan.

Melanie and Lloyd Antoine, owners of A.P.E. Maintenance, announced that the company is presenting a community Festival of Trees event in Fort Chipewyan with all the proceeds being donated to the Northern Lights Health Foundation (NLHF).

‘I love everything about Festival of Trees,” said Melanie Antoine, “The joy of creating Christmas crafts, sharing time with friends and neighbors, seeing and bidding on the beautifully decorated trees, visiting with Santa, and so much more. Every year the Hospital Foundation creates a whole winter wonderland world for the Fort McMurray community and we wanted to bring that magic to our home community of Fort Chipewyan.”

Cindy Amerongen, Executive Director of the NLHF is very excited by this new opportunity and to help bring more activities to Fort Chipewyan.

“November is a hard month in the north when the weather turns colder and the winter road isn’t open. It’s difficult for community members to enjoy the great events going on in the region. We are happy to help bring some of our signature event, Festival of Trees, to the community. I really think this will be a wonderful seasonal experience for everyone.”

The event family friendly event be will on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Mamawi Community Hall and will feature the famous tree auction along with eight other activities taking place including another hallmark of Festival of Trees, the teddy bear hospital.

A.P. E. also announced a $10,000 donation to the Health Foundation.

“Over the past few years, A.P.E. Maintenance has stepped up donations to the Health Foundation time and time again,” said Amerongen, “The donation of $10,000 is unrestricted to the Foundation allowing the Board of Directors to allocate to priority healthcare projects. The Fort Chipewyan Festival of Trees is another wonderful example of Melanie and Lloyd’s determination to support their home community and keep healthcare as a key component of the community’s success.”

Sponsorship opportunities are now available.