Once again the elegance and professionalism of the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center (KVCC) was underscored this season by a display of holiday wonder achieved by a variety of community volunteers. An event started last year by KCVB executive director Natasha Ala to spread the holiday spirit, beauty, and benefit local service organizations. "There were 23 nonprofit organizations who participated in the 2010 Christmas Tree auction - now in its second year," said Ala. "What is great about this event is that it is an opportunity for folks to get creative and develop an idea, or a design, that they use for the theme of their trees. Some organizations relate the theme of their tree directly to the mission of their organization, such as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) tree which was loaded with over $800 of decorations and gifts all relating to the theme of disaster preparedness, while the Kenai Watershed Forum tree was all along the theme of Teddy Bears. Folks were able to make silent auction bids on their favorite trees or buy a ticket and enter to win one of the trees that were available through the ticket raffle," she said.
The trees went up just before Christmas comes to Kenai and were open for bidding Nov. 26 thru December 4th. On Saturday December 4th about 80 folks turned out for the drawing and awarding of winning bids and to enjoy the sounds of the season performed by the Peninsula Orchestra. Representatives from all the nonprofits were on hand to talk about their trees and share information about the mission of their organization. "What was really cool was how excited the winners were!" added Ala. "Spenard Building Supply on K-Beach offered to deliver the trees to the winners so they wouldn't get damaged and it was really special when some of the folks who won trees wanted them anonymously delivered to someone as a unique holiday surprise. We have some wonderful Santa's in our community," she said. Money raised from the KVCC tree auction went to the community nonprofit organizations and the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Centers programs and exhibits fund.
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