To The Daily Sun,
The Altrusa International Club of Meredith recently held its 19th annual Festival of Trees at the Waukewan Golf Club. A record number of 56 magical trees were on display, created by area businesses, nonprofits, individuals and families, and 44 out of these were donated to local families distributed through area Christmas outreach organizations following the Festival. Friday, Dec. 5, through Sunday, Dec. 7, the festival was open to the public. The Saturday Children's event, "Magic and Mittens,, with Jim Goren, magician "extraordinaire" and his charming assistants (our ASTRA teens), captivated a capacity crowd at all three performances.
Altrusa's Festival of Trees depends on community support from individuals, businesses and visitors. All proceeds generated by the festival support local charitable programs such as the Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund, Inter-Lakes Community Caregivers, Lakes Region Visiting Nurses Association, area food pantries and our annual non-traditional scholarship awards program to name just a few, along with all other Altrusa charitable initiatives throughout the year.
Our sincere thanks go to our corporate sponsors: Keepsake Quilting, Country Carriage, Giuseppe's Pizzeria & Ristorante, M & B Dion Enterprises, and the Marketing Association of Plymouth State University (MAPS) and "Anonymous."
Thank you also to our tree sponsors: Meredith Fire Dept. Auxiliary, Scott Burns Landscaping, Karen and Chuck Thorndike, East Coast Foundation and Lovering Volvo. Also, our sincere thanks to the following restaurants and individuals for exceptional holiday fare served during our Gala – Bay Gulls, Canoe, Crazy Gringo, Faro Italian Grille, Frog Rock Tavern, George's Diner, Hannaford Supermarket, Harts Turkey Farm, EM Heath's Supermarket, Kara's Café and Cakery, Lakes Region Cupcakes, Lavinia's, Lee Wah, Mars, Maureen Siegelman, McDonald's, Meredith Bay Coffee House, Moulton's Farm, Phu Jee, Picnic Rock Farm, Rustic Gourmet, Tavern 27, The Mug and Walter's Basin.
Our sincere gratitude goes to the one hundred plus local businesses and friends that donated wonderful items for the silent and live auction and raffle baskets. Their amazing generosity demonstrated true caring, commitment and community spirit.
Once again the Waukewan Golf Club facilities provided a charming location for our event and for that we sincerely thank the new owners, Tim and Jill Noe and their staff for their support as well as the help of Mike Stanford. We would also like to recognize and thank our "friends of Christmas," the local newspapers, the artists who provided locally made specialty items to the Noel Shoppe and last but for sure not least -- all of our community friends and neighbors that became so involved with the spirit of the season through each individual labor of love that created 56 splendid trees for display, raffle or donation. Truly, the Altrusa Festival of Trees event is all about the magic of the trees and the spirit of giving.
The entire membership of the Altrusa International Club of Meredith, Leaders in Service, is extremely proud to be part of such generous, supportive and outstanding communities.
The Altrusa International Club
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