The 4th Annual Joe Mancillas Trees of Hope Festival
A Fundraiser for The Ultimate Gift of Life Foundation-NM
The Joe Mancillas Trees of Hope Festival was started 4 years ago to remember Joe Mancillas, to raise awareness about organ donation and to raise money to help The Ultimate Gift of Life continue working toward their mission. Joe was a native of Cloudcroft and he owned Cloudcroft Wrecker Service for over 30 years. He was known and loved by many. He waited 4 years for a kidney transplant, but Joe died in an accident before a kidney became available. The average waiting time to receive a kidney is 5 years!
The Mission of The Ultimate Gift of Life is to raise awareness about organ donation and increase the number of registered organ donors. This will help reduce the time patient’s wait for a transplant. In working toward this mission, The Ultimate Gift of Life has also been able to honor those that made the decision to be organ donors and give those waiting for a transplant an opportunity to share their plight. Donor Families and organ recipients are able to share their stories and show people that transplantation is about “Turning a Time of Loss Into a Time of Hope”.
We are getting ready for this year’s event and we are excited to announce our new venue, The Lodge Pavilion in Cloudcroft! This venue will give us more room for even more auction items and attendees.
We will have tasty hors d’oeuvres prepared by the The Lodge and there will be a cash bar.
The past 3 years have been fun successful events. The event is made possible each year by sponsors, volunteers, donors and participants. Area businesses and individuals sponsor the event by making monetary donations, volunteers prepare for and man the event, individuals and businesses donate items to offer as auction items and those that come to the event purchase the beautiful items. Items include beautifully decorated Christmas Trees, wreaths, and other gift items. Carl and Debbie of
Carl Wood Auctioneer’s will be handling the live auction. If you know Carl, you know you will be entertained!
You won’t want to miss this year’s event. It will be held Saturday, November 17th from 6-9pm at The Lodge Pavilion which is located at 199 Curlew in Cloudcroft, NM.
Please call Judy Mancillas at 575-682-7884 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.