Sturgis Festival of Trees raises nearly $46,000 for hospice, Greater Sturgis Area Fund

News Staff & Gary MatthewsNovember 22, 2021Local
courtesy photo.Sturgis Festival of Trees raises nearly $46,000 for hospice, Greater Sturgis Area Fund

STURGIS — This year’s Festival of Trees in Sturgis raised about $46,000 this year.

Funds raised benefit both Hospice of the Northern Hills and the Greater Sturgis Area Fund.

The 27th annual event was held this past Friday at First Interstate Bank.

This year’s event featured both live and silent auction items. Last year, the event was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Longtime organizer Rosemary Roth said in year’s past, there have been more than 80 decorated trees on the auction block. This year there were 43.

That was due to the COVID-19 pandemic still being prevalent, although more silent auction items were featured.

People’s choice awards went to Ann Shaw of White Owl Creek Boutique for her tree titled “Joy to the World,” and to Bonnie Jones of Designer Wreaths for her wreaths titled “Winter Wonderland,” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

The winner in the category for another Christmas item was Susie Payne and the Payne family for a decorated fireplace.