We are mere weeks away from Moose Jaw’s gala event, the Moose Jaw Health Foundation’s Festival of Trees. 

This year’s event is taking place on Oct. 21 at the Moose Jaw Events Centre. 

Traditionally, the event takes place closer to Christmas. However, having the auction in October is taking on a special meaning. 

“This festival takes on a real special meaning because we’re raising funds for, and hence why the festival’s in October this year, is for breast cancer awareness because we are raising funds for a Phillips MRI breast coil. That will enhance the detection of cancer and also something called a lymphatic navigator,” said Moose Jaw Health Foundation (MJHF) executive director Kelly McElree. 

Elree outlined said very few centres currently have that type of equipment in Saskatchewan to detect breast cancer. 

“We’ll be the only centre outside of Regina and Saskatoon with the capacity of doing MRI breast imaging and so it’s a big deal,” he said. 

Emceeing the event will be Dr. Caitlyn Howe and her father Camron Howe. Live music will be provided by the Uncoolas. 

On Sunday, Oct. 22, the Sunday Family Brunch will take place hosted by the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital. 

Over the past 31 years, the Festival of Trees has raised nearly $5 million for health care in our community. 

“It’s truly an incredible weekend in our community and it brings out the best of Moose Jaw. I encourage everyone who wants to support breast cancer and local breast cancer patients to purchase a ticket for the Festival of Trees, to come out and support this. It makes a huge difference and saves lives,” McElree said. 

Ticket prices have been reduced this year from $175 to $125. 

You can purchase your tickets at SaskTix and the Moose Jaw Events Centre box office.

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