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Hayden Tree Auction provides decoration, benefits charity

An example of the decorated trees available for purchase at last year's Hayden Tree Auction at Hayden Fairgrounds.
courtesy/Lori Laird

Bidders at the annual Hayden Tree Auction will have an assortment of festive trees, wreaths and centerpieces to choose from, and any money spent will go to benefit local youth and charitable organizations.

“All of the money goes back into the community,” said organizer Laurie Hollenbeck.

Originally held as a fundraiser for the Hayden Heritage Center, the event was taken over by locals who had an interest in keeping it going nine years ago.

“That was one of our main money makers for Girl Scouts,” Hollenbeck said. “We decided that we can’t just let that thing drop, so we took it over and recruited some other moms, and we have just carried it on.”

Entry fees are $10 for trees, both real and artificial, and $5 for wreaths and centerpieces. The money goes to the local food bank, minus $250 for the following year’s operating costs.

Hollenbeck said items sell from $50 to $500, and last year, the event raised $7,600.

Entries can be viewed by the public at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Hayden Fairgrounds. The auction begins at 1:30 p.m.

According to fellow organizer Lori Laird, organizations entered in the auction include the Hayden Booster Club, Cattle Women’s Association, several clubs from Hayden High School, all of Hayden’s Girl Scout troops, Love INC., the Rebekahs, Spirit of the West and more.

“Whatever they make that day on the live auction bids they get 100 percent of that money back,” she said. “Last year, Totally Kids sold a tree for 600 bucks; we wrote them a check for 600 bucks.”

Reach Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or pkelly@craigdailypress.com. Follow him on Twitter @M_PKelly.

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