SVMC raises funds for Roger S. Good Cancer Treatment Center with mini tree auction.
For over a decade around this time of the year, the Sierra View Medical
Center (SVMC) lobby brightens up with the Christmas spirit as various
decorated trees are displayed for the annual silent auction.
The SVMC Roger S. Good Cancer Treatment Center is holding a three day mini
Christmas tree silent auction from Nov. 26 through Nov. 28.
A total of 30 trees are currently being auctioned and just from the first
day, bids on some of the trees were over $100.
Different SVMC departments and friends participated in the decorating contest
and donated the mini trees (1.5 – 4 ft.) to help raise funds for
the cancer treatment center.
“All proceeds go toward the cancer center community outreach,”
said Carol Ann Moore. “This is the first year we’ve had this
The trees will be displayed in the SVMC lobby until Wednesday for staff
and hospital visitors to enjoy and bid on.
“We love to see the creativity of all the employees and the enthusiasm,”
Moore said. “It creates a camaraderie between the employees while
contributing to the center. It is just an all-around fun thing to do during
All 30 trees donated by SVMC departments and staff are decorated in different
fun themes, like ‘Life is a Fiesta,’ ‘Victoria,’
‘Santa’s Truck,’ ‘Sweet Christmas,’ ‘Star
Wars,’ “Wizard of Oz’ and many more. Prices for the
smaller trees will go up to about $50, others as much as $100 to $150
“We get to fund raise a couple of grand,” Moore said. “Last
year it was about $2,000, and there is a different climate this year.
People are more into it. People are coming and bidding earlier. We are
thinking positive and would love to out-earn [last year].”
Moore added to those planning to bid for a tree, “Make sure you get
your name out there on the list because some trees are up to $100.”
For some, the decorated tree will not be the only prize to be taken home,
as some of the trees have special gifts that go with them. Apart from
the attractive decorations, some trees contain prizes like $50 gift cards,
candy, food and even tequila.
This newer tradition has been creating more competitiveness over the last
few years, with a positive outcome of more creative trees and additional
donated funds to the cancer center.
“In the past we have had gift certificate trees, where you bid on
it and might pay up to $200, but you might get a $400 value,” said
Moore. “So it’s a bargain sometimes.”
The auction will be closing at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, and winners
will be notified no later than the following Friday.