Fundraising + Events
The Sheep River Health Trust organizes regular fundraising activities to support health and wellness in the Foothills.
Examples of these include:
Large Scale Annual Fundraisers - Radiothon & Block Party, Avenue of Trees, Photos with Santa, Breakfast with Santa
3rd Party Events (Limited time fundraisers usually held at a partnering business with a set amount per unit from the sale of a specific product coming back to the chosen charity) - For example,
$1 from every Hot Chocolate sold by Tribal Connection Market for the Hot Chocolate Festival goes to Sheep River Health Trust.
Raffles and Draws - 50/50, Flip the Switch
Campaigns - Points of Light, Annual Giving Campaign
Programs - The Community Art Program, In Memorial
You can get involved in various ways: as a volunteer, a participant, a donor, or a sponsor.
If you are interested in hosting an event with or for us please contact our office at 403-995-5400 for information on communications, our events calendar, and what type of events we are able to host with you. We are open to discussing ideas whenever possible as it all goes towards helping us achieve our mission and vision.
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This year is our 11th anniversary of Radiothon. In partnership with the Eagle 100.9 FM, we are hosting an epic block party on site with live broadcasts highlighting health & wellness initiatives in the Foothills.
We are now accepting applications from community organizations for the Radiothon Grant. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday March 6, 2024 - 12pm.
Please click the button below to access the application form. Once complete, email your application to email@example.com.
Last year, because of the generosity of our sponsors and the community, we were able to fund eight organizations and nine projects.
Bethany White from It Takes a Village - 2023 Radiothon Grant Recipient for the "Baby Sleep Safe" Program.
"Together We Make a Difference"
Interested in sponsoring Radiothon?
Stay tuned for our
2024 "Save the Date"
with all the details,
coming in February.
These events have become long standing traditions in the Foothills.
We rely on your support to create magical memories. Please consider sponsoring one of the events mentioned above.
It's the 10th Anniversary of
Photos with Santa!
Nov. 18 - Dec. 14, 2023
The Sheep River Health Trusts’ Photos with Santa have become a beloved holiday tradition here in the Foothills, sparking joy and wonder in children and their families with each visit to Santa’s village.
Located at the Best Western Plus Okotoks Inn and Suites, children and their families are invited to interact with Santa during their private family photo session. Sessions are $55 per family and are pre-booked. Following their visit, each family will receive a link and unique gallery code to download all their images on the personal device(s) of their choice.
This year’s Photos with Santa event was a HUGE success, with more than 891 families visiting Santa’s village. Together we raised over $35,000 for the Sheep River Health Trust.
*Note to those that participated this year - Your photos will be available for download until Jan. 15, 2024.
Thank you to all our Sponsors!
Avenue of Trees
Nov. 17 - Dec. 17, 2023
We invite you to join us for this long standing holiday tradition, where you will be welcomed by the warmth of the holiday season at the Best Western Plus Okotoks Inn and Suites. The Avenue of Trees is
an incredible display of lights and ornaments on a beloved symbol of Christmas; Christmas Trees!
There are many ways that the community contributes to the success of the Avenue of Trees.
Businesses and Community Organizations generously donate their time and resources to design and decorate a tree to be included in the Avenue of Trees. Fully decorated trees light up the hotel lobby, breakfast room, and ballroom. This event is free to attend and open 24 hrs a day all for your viewing pleasure.
Want to take one of the trees home? You can! Most of the trees are part of an online silent auction. By scanning a QR Code, you can place a bid online. The highest bid on the last day of the auction wins the tree.
You can also vote for your favourite tree at the hotel or on our Facebook Page. The tree with the most likes/loves receives the "Trophy of Trees" and a gift certificate to give to the charity of their choice.
Our tree decorators work hard on their trees. As an added bonus we have a panel of judges visit the trees and award ribbons for various categories. The many coloured ribbons on the trees are delivered to the decorators at the conclusion of the event.
Proceeds raised from the Avenue of Trees Auction deliver essential resources and funds directly into our rural healthcare system, supporting health and wellness programs and projects for residents of all ages.
We have raised over $30,000 thanks to the incredible support from our many community champions.
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Trees of Hope
Every year, some of the fully decorated trees on display at the Avenue of Trees are designated as Trees of Hope and are donated to those in need of a Christmas Tree.
As a Tree of Hope Sponsor, you are sponsoring a tree to be delivered to a family who would otherwise not have a Christmas tree. The funds from sponsorship come back to the Sheep River Health Trust.
The difference between the Trees of Hope and the trees included in the auction, essentially, is who receives the tree.
Thank you to the Sponsors
of the 3rd Annual
Breakfast with Santa!
- Programs -
Community Art Program
The Community Art Program is a partnership between Sheep River Health Trust and the local artists in the Foothills. It's an amazing oppourtunity to showcase the talent and creativity within our community.
The artist chooses the title and the price for the piece. We then hang their creations on display in the halls at the Okotoks Health & Wellness Centre.
Once artwork is sold, funds are paid to the artist with a certain percentage of the proceeds returning to the Trust.
Every four months we hold an "Art Change"
where artists are asked to come pick up any unsold art and bring in new pieces for display. That way we keep our halls fresh with new creations.
For more information about displaying your art or purchasing a piece seen at the Okotoks Health & Wellness Centre, contact Sheep River Health Trust at 403-995-5400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not able to physically visit the Okotoks Health & Wellness Centre, follow us on facebook and Instagram where we feature a different artist each week.
Leave your legacy
We extend our condolences to you and your family during this time of loss. When you lose a loved one, it may seem that no gesture is adequate to show how much that person means to you.
Making a memorial donation is an opportunity to pay tribute to someone who touched your life in a significant way.
Thoughtful donors’ names and addresses will be provided to the family contact but amounts will not be revealed.
Setting up memorial contributions with the Sheep River Health Trust is quick and easy
Please notify us of the following by phone, email or mail:
– Your Loved one’s full name.
– Full name and address of the family contact for us to send notifications to as we begin to receive donations in your loved one’s name.
– The specific fund to which you wish the gift to be applied.
People who own stocks, bonds, or mutual funds are happy when their investments increase. Unfortunately, when you convert your investment to cash, the capital gain is taxable. By directly donating your publicly listed securities to the Sheep River Health Trust, you will pay no capital gains tax on their increase in value.
The Trust will provide you with a charitable tax receipt for the full market value on the day
they are received in our account. This tax receipt:
– will help you immediately reduce the amount of tax you pay on your income
– may be carried forward if your donation exceeds your annual limit and used in any of the next five years
– may help reduce the taxes on your estate in the year of your death – and allow more of your estate to go to your beneficiaries
If you would like more information, please contact us.
Bequest: Leaving a bequest to the Sheep River Health Trust in your will is a way to leave a lasting legacy for future generations.
Life Insurance: You can name the Trust as the owner or beneficiary of your existing life insurance, or you can create a new life insurance policy and donate it to the Trust.
Endowed Gifts: With endowed funds, the donation is invested and the earned income is directed annually to support highest priority programs or areas of special interest to the donor.
If you would like more information on how you can make a difference or if you have already made arrangements for a planned gift, please phone 403-995-5400. If you would prefer that your gift remains anonymous, we will respect your wishes.