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Violet E. Carlson Memorial Guild

In 2011 we saw the last St. Michael Medical Center Foundation (formally Harrison Foundation) Festival of Trees and Donna Carlson Overly, Sandy Carlson and friends envisioned the Violet E. Carlson Memorial Guild as a way to honor Violet E. Carlson and keep the spirit of the St. Michael Medical Center (formally Harrison Medical Center) Festival of Trees alive. The Guild, as a fundraising arm of the St. Michael Medical Center Foundation, will use the mini-tree idea as the driver for the fundraising activities. Members wish to serve as advocates for St. Michael Medical Center through volunteer, philanthropic and educational endeavors to ensure excellent care for patients in our region. Our fundraising projects will make possible programs and services for St. Michael, resulting in a healthier community.

How do I become a member?

For further information on membership, please contact St. Michael Medical Center Foundation office at 360-337-8110.

Who was Violet E. Carlson?

Violet E. Carlson, a native of Kansas, moved to Kitsap County after she married Robert (Bob) Carlson in 1946. In 1986, Bob suffered a lingering, and ultimately fatal illness. During Bob’s illness, Violet became his primary care giver and received care from St. Michael Medical Center (formally Harrison Medical Center). The entire family admired the care and support that Bob and Violet received from staff and volunteers of St. Michael Medical Center (formally Harrison Medical Center). This inspired Violet, her daughters, and other family members to become active in the St. Michael Medical Center Foundation’s (formally Harrison Foundation) Festival of Trees. After Violet passed away in November 2001 and Festival of Trees ended in 2011, Donna Overly, Sandy Carlson, and friends started the Violet E. Carlson Memorial Guild in 2012 as a way to honor of their mother who had always been a “tirelessly-behind-the-scenes” volunteer — the volunteer who are the foundation of all volunteer work.

Table Top Christmas

Join us and enjoy:

  • Free Admission
  • Raffle for a handmade queen size quilt
  • Children’s crafts
  • Mini-Trees and Christmas décor for sale

Ways to support Violet E. Carlson Memorial Guild and Table Top Christmas Event

  • Become a Guild member – For more information on membership, please contact St. Michael Medical Center Foundation office at 360-744-6760
  • Make a general monetary donation or become an event sponsor
  • Donate hand-crafted items for Table Top Christmas – If you are interested in donating handmade items or participating with a mini-tree, please contact Sandy Carlson at 360-377-1988 or via email at [email protected]
    • Handmade items needed!