Festival of Wreaths raises funds for Jefferson Healthcare’s Family Birth Center

PORT LUDLOW — The 3rd Annual Festival of Wreaths raised $16,500 for the Jefferson Healthcare Foundation.

The funds from sales of the locally designed wreaths and sponsorships by Jamestown S’Klallam’s 7 Cedars Casino and Bremerton’s Heartland Toyota of the Haselwood Auto Group are expected to go to the Jefferson Healthcare hospital’s Family Birth Center in Port Townsend.

“Eighty wonderful guests from the Olympic Peninsula and beyond attended our festive champagne brunch and purchased nearly 50 beautiful, locally-made artists’ wreaths in our silent auction,” said Foundation board member Shary Irwin after the Nov. 24 auction.

Brunch was created by Jefferson Healthcare’s Chef Arran Stark.

Wreaths were donated by 20 artisans and local businesses including Holly’s Fine Flowers, Petals Flower Shop and Port Townsend QFC. The Nordland Garden Club also donated a natural wreath, as has been its tradition for many years.

“This year’s donated wreath was just like a walk in the forest, with wise owls watching over us as we travel through a beautiful forest path,” said club member Norma Wieman.

According to Executive Director Kris Becker: “This funding builds upon a generous grant from the First Federal Community Foundation awarded to Jefferson Healthcare Foundation to procure new equipment for Jefferson Healthcare’s Family Birth Center.”

In a keynote speech, Foundation board member Marie Dressler described the history of the Family Birth Center.

“A well-equipped birth center at Jefferson Healthcare is vital to the growth and well-being of our community,” said Dressler, who, following her training in England, worked for 26 years as a registered nurse caring for mothers and babies in the Family Birth Center.

“This is all part of our vision for a healthy, resilient future for everyone, right here at home.”

Dressler is also an elected member of the Jefferson Healthcare commission.

Jefferson Healthcare Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the excellence of our region’s medical services through charitable contributions and community involvement. Donations to the Foundation support the programs and projects of Jefferson Healthcare.

For more information, contact Becker at 360-385-2200, ext. 2345.

More in News

Corrections deputy joins Clallam County Sheriff’s Office

The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office recently announced the hiring… Continue reading

Two generations of Van De Weges in Olympia

It was a father and son combo in Olympia earlier… Continue reading

Some Peninsula law enforcement agencies assisting in bump stock buyback

Several North Olympic Peninsula law enforcement agencies will accept residents’ bump stocks… Continue reading

Play and learn sessions scheduled for Brinnon and Port Hadlock

There are Kaleidoscope Play and Learn sessions each week at two East… Continue reading

Port Angeles School District sends notices to 18 employees facing layoffs

$2.6 million needs to be saved in next year’s budget

Pennies for Quarters buys land for tiny houses

7.5 acres west of Port Angeles meant to benefit Clallam, Jefferson veterans

Jefferson commissioners tap OlyCAP to administer CDBG program

Total 2019 funding available for county is $110,431

PHOTO: Honorable display of flowers

The memorial outside of the Jefferson County Courthouse honoring… Continue reading

Most Read