CONWAY — The fifth annual Festival of Trees, a fundraiser for Carroll County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, was held last weekend at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway.

Each tree was available for a chance to win and take home for the holidays.

Admission was $10, which included 10 raffle tickets. Additional raffle tickets were available for $10, increasing chances for ticket holders to win their favorite holiday tree.

Raffle tickets were drawn Dec. 1 at 3 p.m., after which winners took home their trees.

This year's larger venue at the Red Jacket added to the event's success, according to Doris Bryer, office manager for Carroll County RSVP.

"We had more space than our previous venue at the Journey Church. We raised nearly $8,000, which was a significant increase. We were very pleased with the event, and we are already discussing ways to improve it for next year," said Dreyer.

The weekend kicked off with a special gala party on Nov. 29. The “Celebration Among the Trees” cocktail was sponsored by the White Mountain Independents and hosted by the Red Jacket. The cost was $25 per person, which included 25 tree raffle tickets.

First place, second place and third place awards were awarded in each of four categories: International Christmas, Most Traditional, Children’s Dream and Theme Tree.

In the “International Christmas” category, first place was awarded to the “Buon Natale” tree donated by Vito Marcello’s Italian Bistro. Second was given to “The Nutcracker,” donated by Jacqueline and Dino Scaletti. Third went to “The Apple of My Eye,” donated by the Gibson Center for Senior Services.

Finalists in the “Most Traditional” category were: First. “The Magic of Christmas,” donated by the Christmas Loft; second, “Peace on Earth,” donated by Cooper Cargill Chant; and third, “An Old Fashion Christmas,” donated by John Colbath.

In the “Children’s Dream” category, first place was awarded to "A Beary Merry Christmas,” donated by the Carey family in memory of their parents, Rosalie and John Carey. Second went to “Sugar Plum Fairy,” donated by the MWV Children’s Museum. Third place went to “Bring on the Clowns,” donated by Ann, Sara and Kate Scaletti.

In the “Theme” category, “Precious Pink," donated by Glenn and Angel Paranal-Noble, was tops, followed by “Christmas In The Woods,” donated by the Penguin Gallery; and “Blue Christmas,” donated by Maureen Seavey.

Proceeds benefited Carroll County RSVP, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing a service essential to the well-being of the community’s elderly, disabled, veterans and children.

For more information, call (603) 356-9331.

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