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Trees for a cause

 

November 20, 2019

Mathew Brock

Eddie Lide, Monty Black and Jeff McNaughton auction off donated Christmas trees.

CLOVIS - While community members enjoyed a meal on Saturday night, an assortment of colorful Christmas trees was auctioned off to raise money for victims of domestic violence.

The seventh annual Hartley House Festival of Trees dinner and auction took place at Days Inn & Suites this year, with community members bidding on trees donated by local organizations and businesses.

Styles ranged from classic tree adorned with decorations to more unique creations, like a tree made of horseshoes and strung with Christmas lights.

This year's auction made roughly $20,000, which was around $1,000 more than last year, according to Hartley House Executive Director Donna Horton.

"This is the largest fundraiser we do every year and it's one of the best ways for us to give back to the community," said Hartley House Board President Randy Petty. "The proceeds go to help fund the shelter and fund victims. We offer shelter, clothing and counseling for both the victims and the abusers."

Petty said the advantages of big events like the Festival of Trees go a long way in raising awareness of domestic violence as well as raising funds for the Hartley House cause.

"This gives an opportunity for people to give to a non-profit organization like us that helps fund the betterment of our community and the fight against violence and domestic abuse," Petty said.

Michelle and Eric Denton of Clovis purchased one of the trees for $475 while attending the auction.

"We love being able to come out and support the community, especially the Hartley House and all the great things they do, especially for women and children," Michelle Denton said.

The Festival of Trees began in 2013 and has grown substantially since then, according to Hartley House board member Janice Jones.

"It's a great start to the holiday season and it brings so many people together, whether they've donated something, purchased something; whether they're hear to be a part of the community or to help the cause," Jones said.

 
 

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