Festival of Trees and Lights raises more than $100,000 at Tahoe’s South Shore | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Festival of Trees and Lights raises more than $100,000 at Tahoe’s South Shore

Caitlin Row
crow@tahoedailytribune.com

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Barton Health's Festival of Trees and Lights, which was held earlier this month at Stateline's MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa, hosted children's activities, Santa Claus and a gala fundraiser. More than 4,000 people attended the multi-day event.

"The Festival of Trees and Lights was a tremendous success," said Molly Hucklebridge Coolidge, communications specialist with Barton Health. "The evening gala sold out and the Teddy Bear Brunch was a full house. It was great to see community members and visitors get into the spirit of giving and celebrating the holidays."

The festival wasn't just about celebrating the holidays, however. It's also an annual fundraiser for Barton Health, South Lake Tahoe's primary health care provider.

Tania Pilkinton, donor relations specialist with Barton Foundation, said "the net amount raised from the festival and the gala exceeded $100,000. Gala attendees by themselves raised nearly $54,000 for Barton's Level III Trauma Center in a 10-minute 'Fund a Dream' fundraising drive at the 24th annual gala."

Funds raised at the festival will "support emergency services and prevention programs for Barton Health's Level III Trauma Center," she added. "All remaining monies raised during the gala benefit the Barton Foundation Community Health Endowment, a fund that enhances services and equipment at the hospital and provides funding for the community's pressing health needs."

According to Pilkinton, Lisa Maloff, who recently donated $10 million for Barton Health's Robert Maloff Center of Excellence, was honored at the Festival of Trees and Lights gala with a 2015 Spirit of Philanthropy Award.

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For more information about Barton Health, visit http://www.bartonhealth.org. To learn more about the Festival of Trees and Lights, visit http://www.festivaloftreeslaketahoe.org.