Festival of Trees sells out


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December 3, 2015 2:41 PM

(Top) The 2015 Festival of Trees ended on Nov. 30 with approximately $20,000 raised for the Richard Larsen Barr Colony Foundation. The foundation will use the money to help restore the Rendell House at the Lloydminster Cultural and Science Centre. City Coun. Jason Whiting stands beside his tree, named Christmas in the Air.

The Festival of Trees ended it’s 2015 run on a successful note, bringing in approximately $20,000 that will go toward maintenance and restoration of artifacts at the Lloydminster Cultural and Science Centre (LCSC).
Although the amount of funds raised this year is less than previous years, with organizers expecting a bit of a hit due to the struggling economy, they said it was a great turnout considering.
“Overall the event was a superb success; everybody enjoyed themselves, the trees were magnificent and the food was awesome,” said Gladys Oracheski, co-chair for the Festival of Trees.
Despite the economy, tickets were sold out for the event, which was themed “Jewels of the Danube,“and all 16 of the specially decorated trees were auctioned off successfully.
The tree that won People’s Choice Award — Star of the Amethyst — was designed by Katie Messner.
Star of the Amethyst was sponsored by Tri Land Welding and bought by PMW Steel.
City Coun. Jason Whiting was also on hand at the event with an interesting entry called Christmas in the Air, which was auctioned to Joan Roper of the Hair Studio.
Whiting’s tree had a contemporary art feel, compared to the traditional Christmas tree, as he wanted to try something different from previous years.
“I enjoy uniqueness and I guess it was something that I decided to try in order to provide something different than your normal everyday Christmas tree,” said Whiting.
Once auctioned, those who bought the trees could keep them or donate them to different facilities in Lloydminster.
Some trees this year were sent to Points West, The Lloydminster Hospital, the Jubilee Home, The Interval Home and the LCSC.
Aside from the trees there were also three other items up for auction, including a $250 gift certificate from Catering to You (who also catered the festival) and a $500 shopping spree donated by Musgrave Agencies.
A necklace and earrings by Hillsburg and Berg, donated by Decorator’s Den, were also auctioned.
All the money raised from the night went to the Richard Larsen Barr Colony Foundation, that will be using it to restore the Rendell House at the LCSC.
“We’re probably about half away done, hoping to have it completed so they can begin some programs next year,” said Cate Dow, co-treasurer of the festival, who added they hope to start educational programming in the restored Rendell House by fall 2016.

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