August 27, 2013

Rogue Winterfest 2012 Events: Golden Social Panorama

2013 Rogue Winterfest Is Going to Be Spectacular!

This year’s Festival is shaping up to be the best Rogue Winterfest to date. The sponsorship response from the community has been overwhelming!

Event Planner Sue Price and Event Coordinator Gigi Ashley are dedicated to delivering a top-notch holiday event. Sue and Gigi state, “Bringing awareness to our community about the mental health issues facing our children, families, and adults in Josephine County has been our pleasure. Having the community behind our endeavors is heartwarming.”

Funds raised during this spectacular community festival support three mental health agencies in Josephine County: Family SolutionsKairos, and Options for Southern Oregon. The Festival showcases beautifully decorated trees and one-of-a-kind art pieces designed by talented local artists and designers. Rogue Winterfest’s four main events span five exhilarating days. All events will be held at Evergreen Federal Bank’s Bear Hotel in Grants Pass—a unique venue transformed into a magical holiday wonderland surrounded by Northern Lights.

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“When Rogue Winterfest was known as Grants Pass Festival of Trees, our company participated with a decorated tree each holiday season that was set up in our lobby for all members, guests, and employees to enjoy. AllCare Health Plan and CareSource Health Plan continue this year as a proud sponsor of this annual tradition. Rogue Winterfest supports nonprofit agencies dealing with mental health issues in Josephine County, and we applaud and encourage these efforts in our community.”

—Mick Anderson, CareSource/AllCare

CareSource is the only locally owned and operated Medicare Advantage Plan in the Rogue Valley. In addition to providing the benefits that would be expected of any Medicare health insurance company, we strive to keep our members vibrantly healthy and active. We offer benefits above and beyond Original Medicare, such as a low-cost health club membership, the Walk ’n Rollers walking group, a free 24-hour nurse helpline, newsletters four times a year, a community garden, and much more.

A recent study by CareSource showed that a high percentage of folks signing up for our health plans experience issues that can be addressed by our unique counseling benefit. Our comprehensive personal counseling benefit is one of only a few of its type in the United States. This part of our program has been popular with many CareSource members.

Mid Rogue Independent Physician Association (MRIPA) has been providing Oregon Health Plan coverage for Medicaid recipients since 1996. We became a Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) in August 2012 and changed our name from Mid Rogue Independent Physician Association to AllCare. It is our mission to be the premier CCO in southwest Oregon, recognized for providing high-quality, cost-efficient health care to our members in surrounding communities. Today we have more than 29,000 AllCare members throughout Jackson, Josephine, and Curry Counties and southern Douglas County served by a network of more than 1,100 health care providers, clinics, and hospitals.

CareSource and AllCare, sponsored by the Mid Rogue Independent Physician Association, are delighted to partner with Rogue Winterfest for the benefit of Josephine County residents. Drop by and see us at 740 SE 7th Street in Grants Pass or call us at 541.471.4106. You can also visit us online at

We are proud to be part of the Grants Pass business community.

Please Donate to the Silent Auction!

We are just now starting to solicit for Silent Auction items offered during the Culinary Christmas Classic event. Vacation, wellness, and adventure packages are among the items that will be auctioned during the evening. Our goal is to have more than $20,000 in Silent Auction items to bid on. Every year, we are overwhelmed by the exceptional items and services donated to be auctioned.

Silent Auction items will be listed on the Silent Auction page at our website.

How to Donate a Silent Auction Item

Please fill out the form at Donate an Auction Item or contact:

Silent Auction Team Captain

Gigi Ashley, | 541.660.3430

Rogue Winterfest 2012 Events: Santa Signing Letter to Boy

Featured Event

Weekend Holiday Event

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Open to the public, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Open to the public, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The public is invited to view holiday trees and art displays along with Evergreen Federal Bank’s Bear Hotel’s fantastic Christmas on Mars Exhibit. Visit Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Snow Queen; build a “bug home” provided by Home Depot, enjoy family activities and games; get your face painted; listen to entertainment throughout the day; and vote on the People’s Choice Award. Dassh Bakery will have delectable treats on sale during the weekend.

Every year, entertainers donate their time and talent to liven up this fun-packed family weekend. Entertainment rotates every hour on the hour. If you would like to perform during the weekend, please contact:

Entertainment Team Captain

Ellen Johnson, | 541.476.2373

A special thank you to Southern Oregon Audio Visual for providing all of our lighting and audio needs throughout the Festival. You make us look good!

Thank you, Siro!

For More Details

Visit our website or contact:

Event Planner

Sue Price, | 541.890.5472


Event Coordinator

Gigi Ashley, | 541.660.3430

Tickets Go on Sale Soon!

Check the Tickets section of our website in the coming weeks. Tickets will be available for sale both online and in person at Evergreen Federal Bank, 969 SE 6th St., Grants Pass (Monday–Friday, 9–5 pm).

About Rogue Winterfest

Josephine County’s largest holiday festival, Rogue Winterfest is held at Evergreen Federal Bank’s Bear Hotel. Each year, this venue undergoes a spectacular transformation into a winter wonderland, bringing the community together to help support Josephine County’s nonprofit mental health organizations: Family Solutions, Kairos, and Options for Southern Oregon.

Gala Dinner & Grand Auction

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Reception & Viewing of the Auction Items

5:00–6:00 pm


6:00–7:00 pm

Live Auction

7:00–9:00 pm

Catered Southern Oregon Bounty dinner by Taprock Northwest Grill; entertainment by 3 Little Birds; and local wine service. Exquisite trees and art displays will be auctioned. Bid on items for your family, friends, or favorite charity during this incredible evening.

Golden Social (for seniors only)

Friday, December 6, 2013

1:00–4:00 pm

A private viewing for our friends over 55. Music from the 40s and 50s by Donna Tennaro. The hosted coffee and dessert bar is sponsored by Highland House and Royale Gardens.

Culinary Christmas Classic

Monday, December 9

6:00–9:00 pm

Southern Oregon’s finest restaurants, caterers, wineries, and breweries gather to provide culinary tastings. Mingle among the decorated trees, enjoy entertainment by Broadway Phil and the Shouters, and bid on select Silent Auction items.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!