Guests get first peek at Christmas Tree Lane

December 3, 2011 by

Guests at Friday evening's "preview party" got the chance to see — and bid on — 11 Christmas trees decorated by local nonprofit organizations.

They came, they saw, they oohed and ahhed…

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Guests at Friday evening’s Christmas Tree Lane preview party at the Nazareth Motherhouse were the first to see the 11 decorated trees that make up a special fundraiser for the local nonprofit organizations taking part.

Christmas Tree Lane continues today (Saturday, Dec. 3) in conjunction with the annual Motherhouse Open House from 1 to 4 p.m.  There is no charge for admission, and tours of our historic building will be available, along with refreshments and live musical entertainment. Performers include Irene Brown, the Great Society Choir of Cloud County Community College, Patrick Sieben and the Bent Wind Ensemble.

Christmas Tree Lane is designed to benefit local nonprofit organizations that serve the needs of people in Concordia and the surrounding area. Each of the 11 organizations that asked to take part has decorated a 4½-foot Christmas tree that will be sold to the highest bidder in a silent auction. All proceeds from the auction, plus any donations received will go directly to each organization.

The trees range from the simple (a Charlie Brown theme from the National Orphan Train Complex and Museum) to the ornate (pearls in lilac and white from CASA), with edible (“Sweet Visions” from Helping Hands) and patriotic (red, white and blue from NCK Honor Flights) thrown in.

The winning bidder for each tree will be announced at 4 p.m. today.

The guests at Friday evening’s gathering had been invited by each organization, and were treated to wine and hors d’oeuvres provided by the participating groups and the Sisters of St. Joseph, which sponsored, organized and hosted the event.

The idea, according to development director Sister Jean Rosemarynoski, was to give local organizations a chance to raise a little extra money at a time when funding is tight and their services are needed most. During the preview party, a representative from each participating group gave a 2- to 3-minute talk, explaining what services it provides and how it serves local people.

The trees were provided free to the participating organizations thanks to a Seize the Moment grant from the Community Foundation for Cloud County.

The nonprofit organizations decorating trees are:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cloud, Mitchell and Republic Counties
  • Cloud County Health Center
  • Cloud County Health Center Auxiliary
  • Cloud County Community Resource Center
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
  • Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas (DVACK)
  • Helping Hands
  • National Orphan Train Complex
  • NCK Honor Flight
  • NCK Paws
  • OCCK Inc.


3 Responses to “Guests get first peek at Christmas Tree Lane”

  1. Jodi Creten on December 7th, 2011 6:45 am

    Sure helps one to “be home for Christmas” by getting a glimpse of the beauty of the motherhouse at this time of the year. The trees are lovely, and the cause so right.

  2. Loretta A. Jasper csj on December 4th, 2011 10:16 am

    What a lovely way to include the non-profits in an eve. of support, fun and collaboration. Once again: the “village” in service to the dear neighbor joining.

  3. Carm Thibault on December 3rd, 2011 9:05 am

    What a wonderful event to help local agencies and to have some fun! The trees look delightful and creative!

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