Every Second Counts: Spillman’s Festival of Trees Donation for Primary Children’s Hospital Charity
This year, Spillman Technologies was proud to participate in one of Utah’s most cherished traditions, the Festival of Trees. For 43 years, the Festival has been one of the main fundraising endeavors of Primary Children’s Hospital. Professional groups, businesses, families and individuals donate decorated trees and wreaths to the Festival. The items are auctioned, and every single penny raised goes directly to helping the children at Primary Children’s. More than $33 million has been raised through the Festival since 1971, with $1,871,546.91 raised in 2012.
This year, Spillman joined in the charity by donating a tree dedicated to public safety workers with the theme “Every Second Counts”:
“This tree is dedicated to the law enforcement officers and firefighters that selflessly dedicate their lives to protecting and serving others. While we go about our daily routines, these heroes race against the clock to come to our aid, protect our homes, and make our communities a better place to live. In their world, ‘every second counts,’ and they’ll always be heroes to the young AND old!”
The Women of Spillman, a professional group within the company, volunteered their time to make the Spillman submission perfect. The group started with a bake sale for Spillman employees, raising almost $850 for supplies, which was used to purchase almost $250 in toys, including a vintage fire engine rider and a chess set pitting police against firefighters, more than $150 in gift cards, and decorations for the tree.
At the public auction on December 4th, the Spillman tree was purchased for $1,000 to contribute to Primary Children’s Hospital.
Primary Children’s Hospital is the only full-service children’s hospital in the Intermountain West and offers cutting-edge treatment in over 60 subspecialties. The Hospital’s 289 beds hold the most critically ill and injured children in a five-state area who require the most sophisticated medical care. In addition, Primary Children’s is one of only ten Pediatric Trauma One hospitals in the nation. Primary Children’s Hospital cares for children regardless of their ability to pay. In 2012, Primary Children’s Hospital expended nearly $13 million to cover 12,571 hospital visits by children in need. The Hospital is particularly dear to Spillman employees, with almost 40 employees having used the hospital services and experiencing the caring compassion of the hospital staff first-hand.
The Festival of Trees began Wednesday, December 4 and runs until Saturday, December 7, at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. For more information about the Festival of Trees, visit http://www.festivaloftreesutah.org/.