Festival of Trees

The Vernon Association for Community Living Festival of Trees was a smashing success.

The 14th annual Festival of Tree's and Art Auction was a sold out event and raised more than $15,000 Thursday night.

The association assists people with developmental challenges and uses the money for items not funded by the government, such as vehicles and maintenance.

The trees are decorated and donated by staff members and local businesses and ranged from traditional to whimsical.

A classic "Charlie Brown" tree topped the auction at $1,100.

"Its an important event for our organization, we only do one fundraiser a year it provides funds and prestige for our organization," said Eileen Howells executive director of VDACL. "The lifeskills program, which includes art provides a lot of pride and satisfaction for our clients." 

A dozen art pieces were on offer some selling for as much as $500 dollars.

An art piece titled Hurlburt Hobbit Village made with wood collected from the beach at the Okanagan Lake camp which is used by VDACL participants, sold to Mayor Akbul Mund and is destined for display at City Hall.

VDACL currently provides services to 249 clients and has been in operation since 1955. 

- with files from Kevin Rothwell

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