Non-Profits Deck Davidson Rotary Christmas Trees for Fun and Gifts
One of the highlights of Christmas in Davidson just keeps on growing! Donations to the Davidson Rotary Club’s Giving Tree Village this year generated $37,000 for local non-profit organizations. That amount was collected from donations supporting a record 62 mostly gaudy and heavily laden Christmas trees lined up on the north side of the Village Green during the three-night festival. This feature of lights, garlands, tiny Santas, tinsel, and shiny balls has become an increasingly anticipated spectacle since it began in 2012.
As people strolled between the side-by-side rows of trees, they dropped tickets they purchased at the village entry into flier boxes posted by their preferred trees. Donors could also participate on-line at the site GivingTreeVillage.Com, where photos of each tree were posted. Businesses sponsored their preferred non-profits, giving them a guaranteed $100, plus proceeds from the tickets they received.
A ceremony for winners was held on December 12.
First Place was Herren Project, sponsored by math tutor Beth Wylie.
Second Place was Davidson Village Network, sponsored by Namaste Connections.
Third Place was Davidson Community School K -7, sponsored by Susan Dewar of Movement Mortgage.
In addition to first, second and third prizes, students at Davidson k-8 school selected trees that they dubbed “Prettiest,” “Best Use of Theme,” and “Most Festive.” Those winners were “Beds for Kids,” “Sheldon’s K9’s,” and “The Puppy Up Foundation.”
Bill Giduz was the son who followed his father’s footsteps into journalism. He has been involved his entire life with news and photography in schools he attended and jobs he’s held. He believes now that he’s got a few good years left to devote to The News of Davidson.