Estevan Shoppers Mall marketing manager Jane Howard is thrilled with the results from the inaugural Trees for Growth auction.
The mall and the Great Canadian Oil Change in Estevan teamed up for the auction, which happened at the mall December 11. Twenty-two trees were available in the auction, and the event raised $4,825. The organization that decorated the tree received the proceeds from its sale.
Most of the trees were decorated by local schools and day cares, but there were a couple of trees that were from non-profit organizations. The Bienfait Weldon School's tree fetched the most money at $425; Alameda School's tree was second at $400.
Several other trees were sold for at least $300.
"Estevan is an extremely generous city, and they came out and showed their support for their schools, their service clubs and their day cares," said Howard.
The schools and the day cares will use the money to support specific projects – such as a music programs, outdoor play equipment, sports teams, an anti-bullying campaign, furniture or a breakfast club – or to meet student initiatives and needs that will arise during the school year.
The non-profit organizations' trees were sold to assist their clients.
Not only did all of the schools and day cares in Estevan participate, but there were trees from schools as far away as Carnduff and Carievale.
The trees looked fantastic, too, Howard said. There were some beautifully-decorated trees with homemade ornaments created by the students. One school's students wrote wishes on their ornaments. Others had decorations connected to the department that would benefit from the tree auction.
"They were all just gorgeous," said Howard.
Thanks to the success of this year's tree auction, Howard expects that it will become an annual event.