A portion of the proceeds to go to local non-profit organizations...
December 16, 2003
The mission of the Enchanted Forest is to support the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce as it continues to "advocate and educate on behalf of members to promote a healthy business climate" for the benefit of the entire community.
and Bernie's "Morning Cup of Coffee"...
Photo by Dick Kauffman
According to information provided
by Jodie Beck, Enchanted Forest Committee Co-Chair, twelve Christmas
trees were auctioned. Of the twelve trees, trees numbered 1-10
generated more than $4,300 in bids with a portion of the proceeds
going to a variety of community groups. The last two trees, numbers
11 & 12, were decorated by Women In Safe Homes (WISH) with all the proceeds going
Tongass Substance Screening's "Bee Safe" tree included:
The successful bidder was Lloyd Gossman of Alaska Ship & Drydock, bidding $950. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Tongass Substance Screening's "Bee Safe" tree will support Ketchikan Indian Community.
The Arts & Humanities Council provided an unbelievably creative tree again this year. Their Christmas tree, called "A Community of Art" included pairs of tickets to:
The estimated value of the
Arts & Humanities Council's "A Community of Art"
tree was $450. The Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council
tree was sold to Bev & Jack Davies for $450 and a portion
of the proceeds from the sale of this tree will support Head
Murray Pacific's "Hoochie Tree" was sold to Adam Beck & Joe Johnston for $475. Beck said this is the first year Murray Pacific has participated and did a wonderful job providing a tree filled with hoochies, flashers, spoons, a trolling rod & reel, stainless steel crab pot and more. The "Hoochie Tree" had over $500 of merchandise and was highly anticipated. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the "Hoochie Tree" will support March of Dimes.
First year Alaska Rose, a locally owned business which is located in Salmon Landing Market, also participated in the Enchanted Forest Auction event. The Alaska Rose's tree "Rosy Christmas" was decorated with many of the store's handmade jewelry, fashion accessories and more. The estimated value of "Rosy Christmas" was $400 and sold for $250. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of "Rosy Christmas" will support Ketchikan Children's Library.
Bernie's, now located in The Plaza, was a new sponsor and their tree "Morning Cup of Coffee" had an estimated value of $450. "Morning Cup of Coffee" sold for $300 and included:
McDonald's came back with a bang after taking some time off from participating in the event. McDonald's tree called "McTree" included specialty ornaments of:
"McTree's" estimated value was $500 and sold for $375. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the "McTree" will support Cub Scouts of America.
Dockside Diner was a new sponsor as well and came up with quite a few great coupons and merchandise on their tree. The "Eat Well" Christmas tree's estimated value was $350 and sold for $250. Dockside Diner's tree included:
Service Auto Parts' tree "Tool Tree" was decorated with many tools, as well as specialty NAPA toys. The estimated value of "Tool Tree" was $500 and Service Auto Parts raised $350 with the sale of their tree. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of "Tool Tree" will support the Park Avenue Temporary Home.
Carrs & Alaska USA Credit Union participated and generated $425 for their tree. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Carrs & Alaska USA Credit Union tree will support the Pioneer Home.
The final two trees auctioned
were decorated by Women In Safe Homes (WISH). "An Old-Fashioned
WISH" tree was decorated by adult members of WISH and "Kisses
from Angels" was decorated by the children of WISH. The
entire proceeds raised from the sale of these trees is donated
to WISH. The adult tree, "An Old-Fashioned WISH", was
auctioned once and donated back in order to be bid on again to
generate additional funds. The sale of "An Old-Fashioned
WISH" and "Kisses from Angels" trees generated
$850 for Women in Safe Homes.
According to Beck, this year's
focus was to provide more advertising for the businesses that
participated, lower the attendance ticket price to the community
(last year it was $35 per person, this year $30), be a self-supporting
event and involve and contribute more to local non-profit organizations.
Beck said, "Through the generosity of our contributors and
creativity of our committee, we were able to reach all four goals."
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