Caring Hearts United’s largest fundraiser of the year, its annual Wonderland of Trees, was a huge success this year, according to founder Melinda Breedlove.
“As of today, we have sold three trees outright and we have bids on every tree out here,” said Breedlove on Friday.
During Wonderland of Trees, fully decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, centerpieces and gingerbread houses are donated by businesses, churches, civic groups or individuals. The public is invited to bid on the items with proceeds going to area hospices in order to help people who are dying to have peace, comfort and dignity in their final days.
The event kicked off Sunday with a VIP sneak-a-peak for Caring Hearts supporters and benefactors. VIPs had a chance to cast the first bids on trees and Christmas decorations. They also cast votes for their favorites.
Earning the distinction of favorites were:
• Best Tree - VIP Award: The pink Hope tree supporting breast cancer awareness donated by Lisa Joines. People’s Choice Award: A Country Christmas donated by Covenant Fellowship Church.
• Best Centerpiece - VIP Award and People’s Choice Award: Fruit of the Spirit donated by Caring Hearts United.
• Best Wreath - VIP Award: Santa Claus is Coming to Town donated by Melinda Breedlove. People’s Choice Award: Blues of Heaven donated by NHC Rehab and Health.
• Best Gingerbread House - VIP Award: Christmas Lodge donated by Carolyn Bickford. People’s Choice: Train and Train Station donated by Helen Myers.
One crowd pleaser was the tree donated by Silver Scissors Salon. Hair stylists decorated a white tree with scissors, mirrors, combs, brushes, nail polish and all sorts of items that can be found inside a beauty salon. The tree skirt was even a cape used by hair stylists.
Public viewing was free and the silent auction took place every day last week through Saturday, Nov. 16.
“We had more trees and wreaths this year. Meleah Jaco was co-chair this year. She and everyone involved with Caring Hearts worked so hard. Everything looked beautiful,” said Breedlove.
A Christmas store located in the former Bookland location featured a number of items to get you in the Christmas mood. Santa door hangings, ceramic Christmas trees, stockings and snowmen platters were just a few of the items for sale.
The crowds stayed entertained Friday night and Saturday with dancers and singers performing on center stage throughout the day. For more information, visit www.caringheartsunited.com or call 212-4471 or 607-9462.