Hundreds took part in the Skookum Asphalt Santa Breakfast at the Sternwheeler Hotel on Nov. 26 for the 19thannual Northwestel Festival of Trees, which is a fundraiser for the Yukon Hospital Foundation (YHF).
From Nov. 24 to Dec. 3, YHF puts on a variety of events, culminating with the Grand Ball on Dec. 3, to raise funds in supporting the creation of a $1.5-million 12-bed mental health unit at Whitehorse General Hospital. The festival’s title sponsor, Northwestel, has donated $90,000 towards the unit.
Much of the fundraising comes from the auctioning of specially created Christmas trees that are donated by many Yukon businesses.
— Mike Thomas, Courtesy of the Yukon Hospital Foundation