See who’s taking home a Christmas Tree Lane entry

November 28, 2012 by

The silent auction is over, so we can tell you who the winning bidder was for each of the 12 trees that were part of the silent auction Saturday afternoon to benefit local charities. The trees are listed alphabetically by the name of the organization. The winning bidders were announced at the end of the annual Holiday Open House at the Nazareth Motherhouse Saturday (Dec. 1).


ORGANIZATION:  Big Brothers Big Sisters

WINNING BIDDER:  Amanda Townsdin of Conordia

DECORATED BY:  Big Brothers Big Sisters board members and staff

MORE ABOUT THE TREE:  We chose “traditional” as our theme this year because we would love to see families Start Something, a tradition of becoming a volunteer with BBBS.  What a wonderful way to give back and play a special part in a child’s life.







ORGANIZATION: Brown Grand Theatre

WINNING BIDDER:  Bob Steimel of Concordia

DECORATED BY:  Brown Grand Board of Directors

MORE ABOUT THE TREE:  In keeping with the Sisters of St. Joseph peace initiative, we felt it fitting to use peace as a theme for our tree.









ORGANIZATION:  Cloud County Health Center

WINNING BIDDER:  Faith Nyswonger of Concordia

DECORATED BY:  CCHC Events Committee

MORE ABOUT THE TREE:  The tree will be decorated in vibrant Hawaiian colors and festive decorative details.









ORGANIZATION:  Cloud County Health Center Auxiliary

WINNING BIDDER:  Jane Wahlmeier of Concordia

DECORATED BY:  Ina Garrison and Marge Widen

MORE ABOUT THE TREE:  Our tree will feature poinsettias, crystal ornaments and many items in red, green and gold colors.








ORGANIZATION:  Cloud County Relay For Life

WINNING BIDDER:  Glenda Schreiber of Concordia

DECORATED BY:  Deanna Metro, Niki Henderson and Alfreda Maley

MORE ABOUT THE TREE:  Decorations signify the theme of Relay for Life.










ORGANIZATION:  Cloud County Resource Center

WINNING BIDDER: Linda Thoman of Concordia

DECORATED BY:  Deanna Stupka

MORE ABOUT THE TREE:  Decorations provided by Kurt’s Body Shop (Kurt and Deanna Stupka).










ORGANIZATION:  Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas (DVACK)

WINNING BIDDER:  Sarah Jenkins of Concordia











ORGANIZATION:  Helping Hands, a program of Manna House of Prayer

WINNING BIDDER:  Keith Christensen

DECORATED BY:  Sister Julie Christensen, Sister Janet Lander, Cecilia Thrash and Susan LeDuc

MORE ABOUT THE TREE:  Gold ornaments are a symbol of the Magi’s gift of gold, the 35 origami peace cranes represent Manna’s prayer for peace and the 35th anniversary of Manna House in 2013.







ORGANIZATION:  National Orphan Train Complex

WINNING BIDDER:  Irene Brown of Concordia


MORE ABOUT THE TREE:  Now you can see how Santa works, in February come see “The Way We Worked” at the Orphan Train Museum!









WINNING BIDDER:  Elaine Sedlacek of Belleville


MORE ABOUT THE TREE:  Our tree features “paws” ornaments, homemade dog bones, cat toys, ribbon and bow from Floral Expressions Flower Shop in Concordia.









ORGANIZATION:  North Central Kansas Down Syndrome Society

WINNING BIDDER:  Brent Vanous of Concordia


MORE ABOUT THE TREE:  The tree is decorated in yellow and blue colors that represent Down Syndrome along with 3 and 21 which are the same items for the 3 copies of the 21st chromosome that individuals with Down Syndrome have.








WINNING BIDDER:  Jim and Susan LeDuc of Ames

DECORATED BY:  Kendra Krier and Brandy Coffin

MORE ABOUT THE TREE:  The peacock, symbolizing the possession of some of the most admired human characteristics, is displayed in colors of blue, green and teal.  Decorated for you by all of us at OCCK.












8 Responses to “See who’s taking home a Christmas Tree Lane entry”

  1. Jane & Herb Morch on December 1st, 2012 3:05 pm

    Sr Beth,
    Thanks for sharing your tree projeect with us. Wish we could see them in real life.
    Herb & Jane

  2. Patty Valiquette on December 1st, 2012 2:15 pm

    The christmas trees are beautiful and it is a great way to raise money for all the wonderful organizations. Will pray for much success!

  3. Jodi Creten on December 1st, 2012 7:23 am

    What a beautiful and significant way to bring awareness to all of the “helping” organizations in Cloud County and the surrounding areas. The trees are exquisite. I hope the turnout of folks will be great and that people will be generous in their support of these vital organizations in the community.

  4. Sister Carmel Anderson on November 29th, 2012 10:02 pm

    I think this is a wonderful idea and I wish I were able to visit the Sisters’ Motherhouse to see all of the trees exhibited. Thank you. I hope each group receives avgoodvdonation. It is hard to choose one . There are so many beautiful trees. Congratulations!
    Sister M. Carmel, csjo

  5. Sheri Cyre on November 29th, 2012 7:24 pm

    Oh my!!!! Great job and such a wonderful way to rise money for the all organizations! Sheri Cyre / Floral Expressions

  6. Barbara Redmond on November 29th, 2012 3:19 pm

    Oh my goodness! Each is beautifully unique and made personal with the accompanying information. I do wish I could walk into the Motherhouse and see them!

  7. Becky Kindel on November 29th, 2012 9:55 am

    They’re all stunning! I can’t wait to see them in person Friday evening. Great job to all involved!!

  8. Jeanette Wasinger, csj on November 29th, 2012 8:40 am

    I think I could find a place for each of these elegantly decorated trees. It is a stunning experience to walk into the Motherhouse auditorium and see the actual trees. The photos are great, and I like the way trees are identified by the organizations sponsoring them, and I appreciate the explanations, too. Thank you to ALL! CONGRATULATIONS to all of the creative decorators!

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