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Elmcroft raise money over festival of trees

Funds to benefit women’s shelter

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Elmcroft of Mt. Zion Senior Living community donated a check to the Potter’s House for Women shelter during the Fourth Annual Festival of Trees fundraiser.

Special Photo Elmcroft of Mt. Zion Senior Living community donated a check to the Potter’s House for Women shelter during the Fourth Annual Festival of Trees fundraiser.

JONESBORO — Every Christmas tree was sold during the 4th annual Festival of Trees.

The silent auction was held Thursday at Elmcroft of Mt. Zion Senior Living Community, located at 7493 Mount Zion Blvd., in Jonesboro.

The Festival of Trees is an event to raise money for local charities. For the last three years Potter’s House for Women has been selected as the charity to receive the funds from the annual event, according to Cynthia Carey. Carey is the Community Relations Director for Elmcroft at Mt. Zion Senior Living facility and served as the organizer of the event.

“Every year we do this as an opportunity to give back to the community,” Carey said. “That is why 100 percent of the proceeds go to a charity of our choice. We raised $670 dollars this year. Last year we raised over $800.”

Nearly 70 people crowded into Elmcroft to attend and bid on 15 different Christmas trees.

“The tree that went to the highest bidder was donated by Watkins Funeral Home,” Carey said. “It sold for more than $50.”

The Watkins Funeral Home Christmas tree was an artificial pine tree with all red decorations and white lights.

“It reaches seven and a half feet high,” she said.

The tree that went to the second highest bidder was a tree donated by Elmcroft.

“It is a four feet artificial pine tree with an assortment of colors and decorations topped off with a red large bow,” Carey said. “It sold for $40.”

Attendees feasted on a buffet style meal and were entertained by live musical performances featuring the Lauren McCall group, and the Clayton County 4- H Children choir. Some of the ladies from the Potter’s House for Women shelter performed a Christmas dance.

Santa Clause, portrayed by Elmcroft employee Bob Lynch, also made an appearance waving and greeting guests.

The first charity for the annual Festival of Trees was Second Wind Dreams, which is charity that make dreams come true for seniors, Carey said.

“We make dreams come true every month for one of our seniors,” Carey said. “That year we raised over $1,000.”