Rogue Winterfest Celebrates 10 Years of Helping Thousands in Need


Date: September 7, 2012
Regarding: Rogue Winterfest 10-Year Anniversary Celebration
Contact Person: Sue Price, Event Planner, 541-890-5472,
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Rogue Winterfest Celebrates 10 Years of Helping Thousands in Need

“Wonderful,” “beautiful,” “creative,” “giving,” “community support” … these are just a few of the terms used to describe Rogue Winterfest, held in Grants Pass each year. Rogue Winterfest has raised over $400,000 for children, teens, adults, and families with mental health needs in our community. The Festival is a collaborative fundraising effort organized through three mental health agencies in Josephine County: Family Solutions, Kairos (formerly SOASTC) and Options for Southern Oregon. Fundraising efforts are made possible through event admission tickets, silent auction sales, a holiday tree and art auction and sponsorships. Contribution and participation in this community fundraising event will help thousands of people get the care they need to improve the overall health of our community. “The 10th Anniversary Celebration is going to be spectacular,” says Sue Price, Rogue Winterfest’s event planner. “Thanks to the help of more than 100 dedicated volunteers, 75 generous sponsors and dozens of exceptionally creative designers, this year promises to be the best Festival to date. It is an honor to be on their team.” Sue adds, “This year, we have added the Golden Social event to give our senior community a private viewing. I look forward to the many special moments Rogue Winterfest always seems to create.” Each year, Evergreen Federal Bank donates the use of its Bear Hotel Annex for the Festival. This December, the warehouse will be transformed into a winter wonderland filled with 25 adorned holiday trees, stunning art displays, thousands of hanging sparkling lights and Evergreen Federal Bank’s magical Christmas on Mars 3-D Display. The Festival runs Thursday, December 6 through Monday, December 10, 2012, and consists of five individual events. The 10th anniversary is going to be amazing.

Gala Event and Holiday Auction

Thursday, December 6, 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Catered Southern Oregon Bounty Dinner by Taprock Northwest Grill. Featuring Chef Dennis, live entertainment by Dos Gardenias, Southern Oregon wines and the grand holiday tree and art auction.

Golden Social

Friday, December 7, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
For seniors only.
Sponsored by Highland House and Royale Gardens.

A private viewing for our friends over 55 featuring music of the 1940s and 1950s performed by Bob Armstrong and Donna Tennaro. Enjoy the holiday trees and art while savoring your complimentary coffee and dessert.

Weekend Festival Events

Saturday, December 8, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, December 9, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Fun activities for the entire family.

The public is invited to view holiday trees and art along with Evergreen Federal Bank’s legendary Christmas on Mars Exhibit. Visit Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Snow Queen; engage in family activities and games; enjoy live entertainment; and vote on the People’s Choice Award.

Culinary Christmas Classic

Monday, December 10, 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Savor culinary tastings from Southern Oregon’s finest restaurants, caterers, wineries, and breweries. Mingle among the creatively decorated trees, enjoy live entertainment by Living on Dreams, and bid on your favorite Silent Auction item. Rogue Winterfest is a unique collaboration among these nonprofit organizations, and together, they create an amazing Festival for the entire community to enjoy. For a complete description of the Festival, a detailed schedule of events, cost of admission and ticket sale outlets please visit If you are interested in volunteering, learning about sponsorship opportunities, becoming a food or beverage Culinary or Gala Event Sponsor, or donating to the silent, holiday tree or art auction, please contact Sue Price at or 541-890-5472. Support is warmly welcomed.

About the Agencies

Research shows that mental health problems are linked with a host of societal concerns, including physical health outcomes. Josephine County is fortunate to have three outstanding mental health organizations that address the needs of the children, teens, adults, and families in our community. Family Solutions (formerly Family Friends), Kairos (formerly SOASTC) and Options for Southern Oregon were all founded by local citizens in response to community needs. These organizations have developed high-quality, innovative, and cost-effective services and supports over the past 30 years. Together, they serve more than 5,000 individuals annually, and approximately four times as many low-income individuals are eligible for services.