Rocking around a Festival of Trees: Annual advantage opening Friday

November 19, 2016 - Picnic Time

WAXAHACHIE — Perry Como would determine that it is indeed commencement to demeanour a lot like Christmas, generally via a embellished halls of a Waxahachie Bible Church for a 4th annual Festival of Trees benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County. Festivities take place from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 and 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19.

According to dual of a festival’s organizers, Sue Allelo and Stuart Stephenson, a annual gallery of hand-designed trees has grown in any of a 3 prior years. After lifting approximately $12,000 in year one, a eventuality has brought in tighten to $45,000 to directly advantage a efforts of a internal Habitat for Humanity efforts.

“Stu was articulate to a residence member 4 years ago and mentioned bringing a festival of trees back. It was already an eventuality that a Education Foundation used to do and he had been a partial of it,” Allelo explained. “When we brought it behind it usually developed and kept growing. Last year we had an estimated sum of 700 attendees, and we lifted around $24,000.”

Wreaths, unresolved pictures, image displays, Christmas trees and even outside taste are on arrangement with themes trimming from normal Christmas to Willy Wonka to Star Wars.

“We would ideally like to lift $20,000 during a eventuality each year since it takes $70,000 to build a house. Last Nov was a final time a family got a residence here in Waxahachie. It might take 3 of these events to build one house, though of course, this isn’t a usually place that income comes from,” Allelo said.

In a press recover from a Festival of Trees Committee it is settled that a idea of Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County is to, “[…] discharge misery housing in Ellis County one home and one family during a time. We are committed to building houses and building relations to safeguard a improved destiny for a community. Using proffer labor as good as donated supports and materials, we build simple, decent houses and sell them to low-income families during cost with no seductiveness added. We are always compulsory to lift a possess supports in sequence to build a house.”

Money for to eventuality is collected and lifted in dual ways — by decorating or purchasing and approach donations in a form of sponsorship. Sponsorships operation from a $2,500 Platinum Level, that includes a Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County decal, a certificate of appreciation, your name mentioned in a press recover and “thank you” announcement in a Daily Light, and $250 in “Festival Bucks,” to a $500 Bronze level. There are also Gold and Silver Level sponsorships available.

“We have present certificates that were donated by mixed businesses, such as a present certificate that value a year of giveaway Panera Bread. Lowes done a first-time concession to us, a griddle and grill sauces,” Allelo stated.

An discretionary $10 luncheon sponsored by Chick-fil-A of Waxahachie benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County will take place from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. The luncheon is a “Princess Picnic” and will concede a guest a event to accommodate and sing-a-long with their favorite princesses.

*Portions of this essay were used in a prior WDL essay by Travis M. Smith


Kelsey Poynor, @KPoynor_WDL

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