Trees sponsored by local companies and businesses raffled off to community members
BY EMMA ADAWADKAR, STAFF WRITER
The Sanford Alumni Association hosted its fourth annual Spree of Trees event from Thursday, Dec. 1 until Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Sanford Memorial Gym.
At the event, more than 100 trees were donated by local companies and businesses and the community for people to purchase raffle tickets to be placed in individual tree raffles.
There appeared to be a tree for everyone’s interest levels at this event. There were a variety of themes for the trees including sports, dogs, coffee and even money trees.
“I like all of the tree selections, the designs and the gifts attached to them, ” said community member Rod Fortier.
Sanford Alumni Association volunteers helped run the four-day event. Sanford High School’s own Assistant Principal, Aaron Tremblay, was one of these volunteers.
“My favorite part of the event is just seeing all of the people from the community and literally the thousands of people that have come through here the last [few] days is the funnest part,” said Tremblay.
Donations made from this event earned just under $30,000, according to Tremblay. The proceeds will be used by the Association to help fund various projects at Sanford High School that have not already been covered.
The tree that earned the most raffle tickets, titled Keeping You Warm This Winter, was sponsored by True Comfort Heating and Cooling. The value of this tree and all of the items that came with it totaled $1,400. The company took home a special prize for receiving the most tickets.
This event was an excellent way to bring together the Sanford Community at the start of the holiday season, as well as help raise funds for the Sanford Alumni Association.
For photos and videos of the trees from the event, head to the Sanford Alumni Association’s Facebook Page.
If you are interested in donating a tree for next year’s Spree of Trees or you have any questions or concerns regarding this event, please feel free to reach out to Theresa Salls, at firstname.lastname@example.org.