Cambrian: Opinion

Unique trees to light up the holiday at Cambria auction

Turkeys may be gobbling in the distance, but behind the scenes, spirited elves are busy creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind Christmas trees and holiday wreaths.

Once again, the annual Festival of Trees will kick off the holiday season in Cambria. On Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Veterans Memorial Building will be filled with trees, wreaths and holiday gifts; offered for a live and silent auction, with all proceeds going to benefit San Luis Obispo County charities and nonprofits.

Last year’s event raised just over $15,000, and we are hoping to raise even more this year.

Guests will enjoy a gourmet buffet, offering foods from Cambria’s fine restaurants and coordinated by Gayle Jenkins of A Matter of Taste. Back again this year by popular demand is the spirited Live Auction of Trees, offered by entertainer Jill Turnbow. The evening will also include joyful musical entertainment organized by professional singer Molly Dunlap.

Donations of trees and wreaths, as well as items for the silent auction are being accepted. Creative artist Tish Rogers has already claimed her space this year with her tree, “French Chefs” and her chosen charity, the Santa Rosa Catholic Church.

Bidders will once again have the chance to choose where their donation goes with the “Choose Your Own Charity Tree”, created by local artists Wendy and Brian Sheridan.

For more information about the event, or to make a donation, please contact Mary Ann Carson at the Cambria Chamber or Barbara at Save the date so you don’t miss out. Enjoy an incredible evening and help local charities and nonprofits in San Luis Obispo County.

Tickets are on sale at the chamber for $25 each.

Mary Ann Carson is executive director of the Cambria Chamber of Commerce.