The members of the USAG Dugway Directorate of Emergency Services (DES) once again participated in this year’s Festival of Trees at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy by creating a “Santa’s Magical Carousel” inspired Christmas tree in recognition to the staff of Primary Children’s Medical Center and to all of the children that they have served. Several of the DES employees and their family members come together each year to donate their time, talents and dollars to create a tree that reflects the hope and wish for every young child in need of receiving the best medical care possible, regardless of race, religion or ability to pay.
For 43 years, the Festival of Trees has been a “Gift of Love” to children. The Festival is organized by a volunteer board of 85 women who enlist time and talents from thousands of individuals, organizations, businesses, and families throughout Utah and beyond. The event features over 700 imaginatively decorated Christmas trees, wreathes, centerpieces, gingerbread creations, backyard playhouses and quilts that are donated and then through a silent auction, are sold to deck the halls of local businesses and homes across the Wasatch Front with all proceeds going to Primary Children’s Medical Center. More than $33 million has been raised for children at Primary Children’s Medical Center through the Festival since 1971, with $1.8 million dollars was raised in 2012.
The DES Team has made this an annual tradition and are already collecting donations for next year’s tree. Anyone wishing to donate toward next year’s tree should contact the DES at 435 831-2050.