November 2019 Sandpoint Living Local

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November 2019 Sandpoint Living Local

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Festival of Trees returns for its 20th year

By Jillian Chandler

2019 marks the 20th year that Festival

of Trees has been part of the Sandpoint

community. The three-day affair

includes Family Night, a Holiday

Luncheon and the Grand Gala, with all events

held at Bonner County Fairgrounds.

Family Night is a favorite amongst the

community, according to Jennifer Plummer,

Kinderhaven’s executive director. The free

all-ages event welcomes families by opening

the doors from 4 to 6pm on December 5 so

everyone can view the trees, visit with Santa,

enjoy cookies and cocoa, and chat with the

Kinderhaven board and ambassadors. “It’s our

little way of saying ‘Thank you’ to a community

who has shown us such love and support for so

many years!” she says.

The Holiday Luncheon, held 11:30am to

1:30pm on December 6, consists of a silent

auction, lunch and viewing of the trees. Tickets

are $50, with table sponsorships available for

$650 for a table of eight.

and a no-host bar. A wonderful dinner catered

by Ivano's Ristorante and live auction of the

trees and packages will follow. Tickets to the

Gala are $85, with sponsorships available for

$1,400 for a table of eight. All tickets can be

purchased online at KinderhavenSandpoint.

com.

Jennifer credits the continued success of this

event to the local people, businesses, other

nonprofits and schools who support their cause

every year through their beautifully decorated

trees, baskets and wreaths that are donated and

auctioned off. In addition, if it wasn’t for the

community support through their attendance,

along with those who volunteer their time and

give so much love and loyalty to our local kids

in crisis, none of this would be possible.

“Kinderhaven is the only home of its kind

in North Idaho, and it is only because of our

community that we can provide a safe haven

for children to heal from the tragedy of abuse

and neglect,” Jennifer says.

THANK YOU

to our Employees,

Customers & Community

for making us #1!

The following night, December 7, marks the

Grand Gala. Doors open at 5:30pm when

guests will have an opportunity to peruse silent

auction items while enjoying hors d'oeuvres

Join Kinderhaven and the rest of the

community for this year’s Festival of Trees and

know that your support is what keeps the doors

open to Sandpoint’s children year-round.

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