It felt like Christmas stepping into the Wagon Room at the Aqua Turf for the United Wayâ€™s Festival of Trees. Wreaths lined the room and Christmas trees stood tall in the corner of the hall. The murmur of voices, clinking glasses and forks on plates filled the air.Â
Over 200 guests attended the sixth Festival of Trees, offering residents the opportunity to raise money for local organizations and purchase their own Christmas tree. Guests bid on the trees, wine, gift baskets, wreaths and more while enjoying a pasta dinner. Â
All of the proceeds will support United Way of Southington in aiding local charities. The money will go to organizations, such as the Margaret C. Griffin Child Development Center of Southington, the YMCA of Southington, Bread for Life and many others that provide services and aid for those in need.
â€śUnited Way is a wonderful organization that helps the people here directly,â€ť said Nicky Roy, festival chair. â€śPeople think Southington is very well off, but people need help here too.â€ť
Executive Director Jack Eisenmann, who has attended the event for three years, has watched it grow from raising $5,700, to $7000, to $10,000 each year he has attended and hopes to beat that amount this year.Â
â€śThis event gets people in the Christmas spirit and starts people on Christmas shopping to provide support in the community,â€ť Eisenmann said. â€śThis event is about giving back to the community that I live in. We couldnâ€™t have done it without the board and volunteers.Â
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