Bill Schlichting
Curry Coastal Pilot

Twenty charities came away from the annual ChariTree Festival last Saturday with more money in their coffers.

All of the trees and wreaths sold at silent auction, including one more that benefitted the festival itself, according to Marilyn Hart, festival committee member.

The committee — Hart, Eleanor Cook, Suzanne Henning, Joan Willis and Jenna Willis — was happy with the results.

The average sale was $165, Hart said. The tree receiving the highest bid was decorated by Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative. The $900 sale will benefit South Coast Humane Society.

Another tree that sold well was for the Brookings-Harbor Community Helpers Emergency Food Bank. It sold for $415, according to Pamela Winebarger, food bank executive director.

Charities kept the proceeds from the sale of their trees.

There also was a children’s store and raffle. The store garnered $77.50 and the raffled raised $179, according to Joan Willis. In addition, a donation kettle raised $37. Proceeds from the children’s store benefit the KASPER summer recreation program. The raffle and donations benefit purchasing trees and stands for next year’s event.

Trees also received awards by judges City Manager Emeritus Gary Milliman, County Commissioner Sue Gold and KURY announcers (counting as one vote) Garrett Tovey and Steve Braun. Winners received $35 each, Hart said.

The Santa Award, for youth involvement, was awarded to the Brookings-Harbor High School Leadership, a fundraiser for Katelyn’s Cause; the Elves Award, for creativity, was awarded to Coastline Neighbors; and Best of Show was awarded to the Southern Oregon Kite Festival.

Those attending also chose their favorite tree. The Brookings-Harbor Garden Club received the People’s Choice Award.

The committee thanks the community for its support. It also thanked the Chetco Grange, Gold Beach Lumber and Barron’s Home Furnishing.

Charities also thanked the donors and the businesses that helped make the event a success.