Fes­ti­val of Trees raises most yet

Third an­nual event brings in $13,050 for Spe­cial Olympics

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The Newton County Fes­ti­val of Trees opened Nov. 21 for its third an­nual event, the sec­ond year in May­field’s on The Square, do­nated by Lee and Ken­dra May­field.

In 2013 The Fes­ti­val of Trees part­nered with the Newton County Op­ti­mist Club. Op­ti­mist Clubs are ded­i­cated to “Bring­ing Out the Best in Kids” and do their part through com­mu­nity ser­vice pro­grams. The FOT Com­mit­tee mem­bers are Saba Tan­ner, Dawn Atha, Lisa Con­ner, Anita Still and Janet Lock­hart. The mis­sion of the Fes­ti­val of Trees of Newton County is to raise money to ben­e­fit lo­cal Newton County char- itable pro­grams.

The in­au­gu­ral Fes­ti­val of Trees in 2011 raised $2,500 to ben­e­fit Chim­ney Park. In 2012 it raised $9,000 for the Mir­a­cle League of Newton County, which was used to pur­chase a piece of play­ground equip­ment.

For 2013, the Fes­ti­val of Trees of Newton raised $13,050 for the Newton County Spe­cial Olympics Pro­gram, which will be di­vided be­tween three en­ti­ties of the Spe­cial Olympics: Spe­cial Olympics pro­grams for the Newton County School Sys­tem stu­dents; Spe­cial Olympics Mas­ters (for adults who have grad­u­ated from school); and the Spe­cial Olympics Eques­trian pro­gram.

Newton County Spe­cial Olympics serves in­tel­lec­tu­ally dis­abled ath­letes of all ages.

“The Newton County Fes­ti­val of Trees is an amaz­ing event that not only raises much-needed funds for won­der­ful or­ga­ni­za­tions, but also brings the Cov­ing­ton com­mu­nity to­gether dur­ing the most won­der­ful time of the year,” said La­Trelle Cawthon, the Newton County Spe­cial Olympics co­or­di­na­tor. “There is so much work that goes on be­hind the scenes. We are so thank­ful for the monies raised and prom­ise to be fru­gal with the earn­ings. We plan to stretch th­ese dol­lars as far as they will go.

“The schools will be us­ing the money to send our first-ever alpine ski com­peti­tor to Re­gions in North Carolina in Fe­bru­ary.

“We also will be adding back our skat­ing com­pe­ti­tions that were a vic­tim to bud­get cuts last year.,” Cawthon said. “It is be­cause of the gen­er­ous do­na­tions made by the peo­ple of Cov­ing­ton that th­ese ath­letes will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in events and mak­ing life­time mem­o­ries.’’

If any­one would like to par­tic­i­pate or vol­un­teer for the Fes­ti­val of Trees, con­tact Lisa Con­ner at 678459-7752.

For the Newton County Spe­cial Olympics, con­tact La­Trelle Cawthon at 770788-5387 or Pam Dew at 404-791-3032. For the Op­ti­mist Club, con­tact Anita Still at 404-310-8871.

Sub­mit­ted photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

The Newton County Fes­ti­val of Trees pre­sented a check for $13,050 to three en­ti­ties of Spe­cial Olympics. Those pic­tured in­clude Saba Tan­ner, Lisa Con­ner, Cory Conrad, Tay­lor Bradley, Travis Ran­som, Janet Lock­hart, and Anita Still.

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