To The Daily Sun,
The Altrusa International Club of Meredith recently held our 18th annual Festival of Trees at the Waukewan Golf Club. Fifty-five dazzling trees were on display, decorated by area businesses, nonprofit organizations, clubs, community groups, individuals, and families. Forty of these beautiful trees were donated to local families distributed through area Christmas funds and other outreach organizations following the Festival! Friday, December 5th through Sunday, December 8th, the Festival was open to the public with increased numbers of families visiting the winter wonderland of trees. The Children's Event on Friday evening featured a reading of "The Christmas Magic" complete with surprise magician for the enjoyment of the children and their families.
Our annual Festival event depends on community support from individuals, local businesses, and visitors. Without that support, we would be unable to make Christmas special for the 40 families who received a Festival tree this year. Proceeds from the Festival benefit the Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund, the Moultonborough Santa Fund, area food pantries, and many other Altrusa initiatives throughout the year.
Our sincere thanks to the Hale family for the use of the facilities at the Waukewan Golf Club, to our terrific local press coverage, to our many tree sponsors, to those who donated decorated trees and items for the silent and live auction and raffle baskets, to volunteer auctioneer Paul "P.K." Zyla, to the exceptional holiday fare from local restaurants and individuals, and to the artists who provided specialty items to the Noel Shoppe. We are grateful for the outpouring of caring and kindness from our community.
The Altrusa Club of Meredith, Leaders in Service, is proud to be part of such an outstanding community. See you next year!
The Altrusa International Club of Meredith