EARLIER: Holiday trees to be sold for cancer fundraiser

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A new event – the House of Trees – will allow you to bid on holiday items and donate to the American Cancer Society.

By Lisa King

Even if you think it’s a bit early for the Christmas decorations that now adorn stores, a new event on Saturday will allow to begin your personal holiday celebration early.

In a new twist on a popular concept to raise money for cancer, the first House of Trees will be going all day Saturday in the cafeteria at Collins High School.

Organizations and teams decorate trees in unique themes, and the public can bid to buy them in a silent-auction-type format.

There also will be wreaths, table centerpieces, garlands, gingerbread houses and other items in a silent auction. They will be themed for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.

And all that is to raise money to fight cancer through the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 9 years and older, but Jerilyn Hanks, the event’s organizer, said every dollar will go to Relay.

The event also will feature live Bluegrass music, homemade baked goods and candy for sale, holiday gifts and pictures with Santa.

And while they are bidding, visitors can participate in arts and crafts for kids, and much more.

Hanks, a special education teacher as well as head cheerleading coach at Collins, said she would be accepting donations from the public of holiday items, especially decorated trees and wreaths. Those who wish to do so may bring them to the school cafeteria between 6 and 8 tonight, and those items will be added to what the Collins cheerleaders have already created and contributed.

“I have seven trees in my room right now that the cheerleaders have made that we will be auctioning off, and then a couple of more people from around the community have already signed up,” she said.

Hanks, who lives in Anderson County, said she got the idea for the event from Molly Davis, a Lawrenceburg woman who has held a House of Trees event in Anderson County each year since 2009.

“Our events here in Lawrenceburg have been very successful, bringing in ten thousand dollars in ’09 and over fifteen thousand last year,” Davis said.

She added that she is delighted that Hanks will be holding one in Shelbyville.

“My goal is to try to eventually make this an event that will spread to much of central Kentucky,” she said, adding that as far as she knows, the nearest other House of Trees event is being held in Tennessee.

Hanks said  that with the exception of Santa, who will be at the school from 2 to 4 p.m., there will not be a set schedule of events.

She said she hopes for a good turnout, as the proceeds will go for a good cause.

“This will give people the opportunity to do something fun to get in the holiday mood, and to donate to the Relay for Life as well,” she said.

Teams can sign up to donate an item by sending an E-mail to Jerilyn.Hanks@shelby.kyschools.uswith their team name, theme and size and description of them item.

Once items are auctioned off, the team who donated the item will be credited all of the money received from the final bid on that item. The money will go into the team’s yearly Relay account.

For more information, visit www.houseoftrees.org.


House of Trees

WHAT:Holiday trees, decorations auction/fundraiser

WHEN:All day Saturday

WHERE:Cafeteria, Collins High School

ADMISSION:$10 adults, $5 for kids

MORE INFO:www.houseoftrees.org