Business

Festival raises thousands for student financial aid

Students at Vancouver Island University received an early holiday gift as VIU Foundation’s 18th Annual Festival of Trees raised $115,000 during the two-week event.

Money raised will be used to support students through newly created bursaries and scholarships, as well as help fund state-of-the-art improvements to campus.

More than 3,000 people attended the various festival events at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, which included an opening reception, family days and the black-tie gala.

New to the festival was the tree decorating challenge, which encouraged community groups to donate a tree to the event and also gave attendees the chance to vote for their tree.

Festival organizers were happy to recognize Rose Kolodrubsky as the inaugural winner for her Nativity themed tree featuring many hand-made decorations.

The Festival of Trees is Vancouver Island University’s premier fundraising event running.

Last year the the festival raised $85,000 in support of students.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Geothermal pitched as alternative to Site C dam
 
Advanced hearing aid made for Apple devices
 
UPDATED: Physiotherapist guilty of assaults on eight female patients
Ocean-view luxury condos now for sale in Qualicum Beach
 
M&N Mattress a fixture in Parksville for 14 years
 
Exxonmobil joins BC LNG Alliance
Video Games don’t cause violence
 
Composting to resume at Central Saanich farm
 
Museum rated 10th-best in the country

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 25 edition online now. Browse the archives.