CASA in search of Fes­ti­val of Trees spon­sors

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

ELK­TON — With Hal­loween around the cor­ner, Court Ap­pointed Spe­cial Ad­vo­cates — or CASA — is look­ing for spon­sors for its sec­ond Fes­ti­val of Trees fundraiser to be held Nov. 9 through Dec. 1 at Woody’s Crab House in North East.

Erin Grauer, co­or­di­na­tor of the Fes­ti­val of Trees, said the new lo­ca­tion was nec­es­sary.

“Last year we held it in­side West Street Vil­lage. When (El­iz­a­beth Felts) do­nated the space to us last year it was not rented out,” Grauer said. “She had no space this year.”

Grauer said Peter Wood of­fered the use of the tented Tiki Bar for the dis­play of dec­o­rated trees to be sold at silent auc­tion.

“It will be­come CASA’s Win­ter Won­der­land,” she said.

Last year CASA raised $5,000 through the event, which went to­ward sup­port of the pro­gram help­ing Ce­cil County chil­dren in the fos­ter care sys­tem.

Any­one in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ing a tree should con­tact Grauer via email at info@ce­cil­casa.org or stop by the of­fice at 135 E. Main St. in Elk­ton and get a packet.

“You can call and we can email a packet to you,” she added. That num­ber is 410996-3025.

The dead­line to spon­sor a tree is Oct. 26.

Spon­sor­ship is $100 and pro­vides a 6-foot tall ar­ti­fi­cial tree. How the tree is dec­o­rated is up to the spon­sor. It can be done by the spon­sor or by some­one else, with an eye to­ward one of three cat­e­gories: tra­di­tional, whim­si­cal, or a Ce­cil County/ Mary­land theme.

“We hope to have more trees this year,” Grauer said.

The pub­lic will be able to view the trees and place bids with help from Woody’s dur­ing the week. CASA staff will take over the bid­ding du­ties on week­ends.

Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court Judge Will Davis will choose the win­ners again this year.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

The Fes­ti­val of Trees, a fundraiser to ben­e­fit CASA, will be held Nov. 9 through Dec. 1, this year at Woody’s Crab House, 29 S. Main St. in North East. Spon­sors in­ter­ested in dec­o­rat­ing one of the trees to be auc­tioned off should con­tact Erin Grauer at CASA by Oct. 26.

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