By Kathleen McKevitt
Nathan Adelson Hospice’s largest local fundraiser rang in the Christmas season last weekend.
The annual Festival of Trees featured nine decorated trees and wreathes donated by various organizations in Pahrump.
Each was bid on in a live auction, along with other donated items. Bids on the trees went as high as $650. Fifteen wreathes sold for as much as $75.
Special Events Coordinator Stephanie Forbes noted that the hospice center is a nonprofit organization that treats all individuals from Pahrump, Crystal and Amargosa areas who are in need of support, regardless of ability to pay.
The facility operates on donations and grants as well as income received from this and two other fundraisers held during the year, including the butterfly release in the spring.
Held on the first Saturday of December, the Festival of Trees is the largest of the center’s fundraisers. More than 150 people participated by buying tickets for the dinner event and participating in the silent and live auctions. Musicians, auctioneers, and hospice staff donated their time and services.
Eight years ago, the first annual Festival of Trees was an auction only event. Participation is greater since dinner has been added, according to Forbes. It is a gala event, with open bar, wine and dinner, and evening dress attire is standard. “There’s a lot of bling on these nights,” said Forbes. “Also, there is a lot of good cheer and generosity.”
Actual final tallies were not yet available.
Listed as those who donated time and talent to make the event possible were Pahrump Golden Monarch Council, Ski Censki, Nevada Public Auction, and the Nathan Adelson Hospice Staff.
Rev. Julie Platson, Nathan Adelson Hospice Spiritual Care and Bereavement supervisor, said of the event, “The Festival of Trees Gala was a wonderfully successful event. Individuals and organizations were very generous with their hearts and support this year. Many thanks to all who offered their support in so many ways.”
The vision statement of the Nathan Adelson Hospice center is “No one should end the journey of life alone, afraid, or in pain.” The center is located at 1401 S. Highway 160, Ste. B, in Pahrump.