Bank, tree decorating, sparks start of YWCA’s Festival of Trees

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Photo courtesy of YWCA Sweetwater County

Jena Doak, [email protected]

November 16, 2021 — Indeed, there is nothing quite like an amble through a vibrant woodland of whimsical, stunning Christmas trees to propel a person into holiday spirits! But, better yet is winning a silent or live auction and having the good fortune of taking one home.

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The YWCA’s Festival of Trees officially begins today, November 16, at Commerce Bank, located at 1575 Dewar Drive, #100. Set-up will occur today through Thursday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Fully-decorated trees, stuffed baskets, and holiday decorations will delightfully fill the bank environs in preparation for the auction. Donors — businesses, organizations, and individuals — generously provide all of the trees, baskets, and decorations for the silent and live auctions.

Silent auctions will be held online all next week, anytime between November 22 and 26 at 6:45 p.m., by registering at www.aesbid.org/ywcatree21. Before bidding, viewers may come into the bank between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to see the array of items. Of course, this excludes Thanksgiving Day. Viewers may also browse among the auction items on the website without having to come into the bank.

Black Friday, November 26, parents may bring their children into the bank to be photographed with Santa!

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“It’s one of my favorite events,” YWCA of Sweetwater County Development Director, Kayla Mannikko, said. “It’s fun, and the bank looks really nice covered with trees, glitter, and fake snow,” Mannikko said.

The big event is free and will begin on December 2 at 6:00 p.m. at Commerce bank. The night will kick off with appetizers, drinks, and desserts. Children are welcome. The live auction will last from 7:00 p.m. to around 8:00 p.m., after which the winners will be announced!

Every year, the community has fun with the live auction competition.

“Come buy a tree that is already decorated,” Mannikko said.

All the proceeds will benefit the YWCA of Sweetwater County. Baskets and holiday decorations donations are still being accepted. In order to contribute, please contact Kayla Mannikko at 307-352-6635 or email her at [email protected] Donations may be dropped off at the YWCA at 1035 Jackson Street. That way, the items can be photographed for the website’s silent auction. All items will include a name tag, designating the individuals and businesses who generously gave.

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