Lions Club Festival of Trees raises almost $16K for local nonprofits |

Lions Club Festival of Trees raises almost $16K for local nonprofits

Levi Brickner watches the train roll by under The Grand County Characters' Christmas tree during the Fraser Valley Lions Club's annual Festival of Trees. The Festival lets local groups raise money by decorating and auctioning off Christmas Trees.
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Almost 1,000 people enjoyed beautiful trees, wreaths and Hanukkah items decorated by 33 local non-profit organizations Nov. 30 during the 15th Annual Festival of Trees, sponsored by the Fraser River Valley Lions Club.

The items earned about $1,000 more than last year and set a new record. Combined with earnings from the Favorite Tree contest and prizes offered by the Lions Club, participating nonprofit organizations will divide up $15,900 from this year’s event. All this was possible due to the generosity of local businesses and residents who support the festival and the nonprofit organizations who participate.

Two-hundred-thirty-one children were thrilled to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and submit their Christmas wish list. Thirty-one sumptuous desserts donated by local pastry chefs were eagerly bid on by Festival visitors and many of Bill Browne’s last carvings were purchased by attendees.

The “Fraser Valley Year Round Fun Package” raffle was won by Mark Mix of Grand Lake. The prize was valued at over $1,900 and included golf, a sleigh ride, river rafting, three dining gift certificates, hot air balloon rides, and lodging. The money raised by this raffle will be donated back to the community via the Lion’s annual grant program for local non-profits.

Attendees chose their favorite trees by purchasing tickets and using them as votes for the tree they liked best. All money paid for the tickets is returned to the participating non-profits. The top vote getter was the tree decorated by Eternal Hills Christian Pre-School, 539 votes. Grand Animals 4-H Club’s tree got 390 votes and garnered 2nd place. The tree decorated by the P.E.O. Chapter IE was chosen as the 3rd favorite with 342 votes. The Lions Club also awarded a cash prize to the top three trees.

A team of Lions members delivered the 24 trees Saturday morning, bringing cheer to their buyers in Grand Lake, Granby, Tabernash, Fraser, Hot Sulphur Springs, Kremmling, and Winter Park. Four tree buyers truly embraced the Christmas spirit and donated their purchases to deserving families in the county.

The Festival of Trees has become one of the—if not the –favorite holiday event in Grand County. If you didn’t get there this year, don’t miss next year. The Festival will be back next year at Grand Park Recreation Center on December 6. Admission is always free.

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